10/10/2007

Fla. officer injured during rescue sues

The Associated Press
Related: Fla. officer will drop suit against family in near drowning

CASSELBERRY, Fla. A Florida police officer who slipped and injured her knee during a rescue is suing a family who called 911 after their toddler nearly drowned.

Policewoman Andrea Eichhorn claims the boy's family left a puddle of water on the floor, causing her to fall during the rescue effort. She broke her knee and missed two months of work. Her lawyer says workers' compensation and disability checks have helped with medical bills, but they aren't enough.

The family's 1-year-old boy fell into the family pool in January. He was resuscitated but suffered brain damage and can't walk, talk or swallow. He lives in a nursing home and eats and breathes through tubes.

The boy's grandfather says there was obviously going to be water in the house, since the boy was sopping wet when they brought him in from the pool.

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