A refreshing dip in the pool is a good antidote for hot summer weather. But potential hazards could be lurking, and pool owners may be liable.
According to the federal government, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury‒related death for children ages 1‒14. And for every drowning, four other kids require ER care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
What Duties to Pool Owners Have to the Public?
A pool owner has a duty to keep their pool well maintained to cut back on the chance of injuries, and to alert patrons or guests to potential dangers that might not be obvious to the average person.
Owners of public and private pools are responsible for properly securing drains, which can cause severe injuries; maintaining ladders, diving boards, and slides; and mixing pool chemicals appropriately. Electrical defects, unsafe pool toys, and lack of supervision or safety equipment are potential liability issues as well.
Pool owners generally don’t owe trespassers a duty of care, with one major exception: young children who don’t understand the danger of drowning. In most states, owners are obligated to prevent access to their pools by means of proper fencing, locked gates, and pool safety covers, as a pool is considered “attractive” to young children (“attractive nuisance doctrine”).
Manufacturers, sellers, or installers of pools or pool fixtures might also be liable for injuries caused by pool usage.
If you have a pool on your property, take the proper steps to avoid premises liability issues. If you or a family member has been injured at a pool due to negligence, contact a premises liability attorney to protect your rights.
Take Action Quickly
If you have been in a swinning pool accident or an auto collision, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner.
We encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights. To learn more, please read our free report, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, or call attorney Ben Crittenden today to schedule a free case evaluation.