Swimming pools are opening up now — if they haven’t already been opened for the season. For most people, having a pool is a great way to cool down, to enjoy some time with friends and family or relax. Unfortunately, a pool can create a drowning hazard. It can also create the perfect conditions for a slip-and-fall accident. In fact, a report from 2020 says that child drownings are increasing in frequency, which is something to be concerned about.
The majority of swimming pool cases that end up in an attorney’s office involve a swimming pool that was not fenced in or that did not have proper fencing. If a child or other person gets into the pool and drowns or is seriously hurt, then they could have a claim against the property owner. Even if the owner is present to supervise, failing to supervise adequately could lead to claims against a homeowner.
Do businesses ever face pool injury lawsuits?
Yes, they do. Pool owners also have a responsibility to keep people safe. If they have a sign that a lifeguard is on duty and that lifeguard steps away, there could be serious repercussions. Similarly, not maintaining the public pool area to a safe standard could lead to claims. Pool owners can protect themselves by putting up appropriate fencing and by limiting who can come into the area without supervision.
Whether someone slips and falls on a slick surface around a pool or drowns because of inattention from a lifeguard or pool’s owner, they may have a right to seek compensation in a premises liability case. Our website has more information on pool injuries and when a parent or individual may be able to seek compensation to help them cover the costs associated with the accident.