Swimming pools are great fun with family and friends, but they can easily pose a hazard to anyone who visits the home, as well as for neighborhood children who may be attracted to the water. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4 are most at risk for drowning in swimming pools. If you and your family have been impacted by a swimming pool accident, you need experienced, reliable legal advice for your case.
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How Swimming Pool Accidents Occur
Water-related accident involving residential swimming pools generally involve a number of issues, some of which may involve owner liability:
- Lack of barriers around the pool – Inadequate fencing around pools can lead to children falling into the pool and drowning.
- Inadequate supervision – Owners must recognize that a swimming pool is always a hazard, particularly for children, and they must provide constant supervision of the pool area when others are present.
- Pool drain malfunctions – Some pools are equipped with drains that create a hazard, even for children who know how to swim, because the high pressure of the drain pump can hold them at the bottom of the pool.
- Reliance on flotation toys – Inflated or floating toys should not be relied upon to keep children safe in the pool. These toys are not designed to be safety devices, and will not protect children from drowning.
Premises liability generally applies to residential swimming pool accidents. These laws make a distinction between trespassers, licensees and invitees. Additionally, laws distinguish between different degrees of care assigned to the owners. Owners may be required to warn their guest about the dangers. Certain liabilities may be incurred by negligence in proper maintenance or in providing sufficient safety equipment on the premises. Pool accidents may generally be covered by the property owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy.
If you have suffered an injury or death of a loved one due to a swimming pool accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Kuzyk Law to discuss your rights under the law. We serve Palmdale, Lancaster, Little Rock, Pearblossom, Lake Los Angeles, Quartz Hill, Bakersfield, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and all surrounding communities. Call us for a free consultation, and we will advise you about filing a case against the owner and the amount of compensation that can be expected.