In hot summer days swimming pools provide a lot of fun to our kids and that’s why a lot of parents send their kids for swimming during summer times, sometimes accidents may happen where your child gets injured while swimming, in such situations what’s going to happen? Who is responsible for liabilities, the parent or the owner? Whether it is a privately owned pool or a commercial pool, swimming pool owners can be responsible for injuries that arise from children using their pool. But it’s not like they will be blamed all the time, there are some factors that have to be considered before blaming pool owners for injuries and accidents.
The liabilities of owning a swimming pool isn’t a small issue, children love backyard pools and can be a good investment for business owners but care has to be taken to ensure the safety of all the children that play in their pool. You should know all the necessary safety devices that are needed and also should have strong coverage that will reduce any financial risk that is associated with a swimming pool.
The Homeowner Liability
There are many liabilities for having a swimming pool in your house; you could be blamed for negligence from your own part. As the pool owner, you’re expected to do whatever a reasonable person would do under some circumstances. If a child is hurt in your swimming pool and is due to lack of security around the pool or you failed to maintain the pool you shall be held responsible. It is your responsibility as a pool owner to take all the precautions that are needed in order to prevent guest and unwanted visitors from using your pool. You have to make sure that the pool is inaccessible to kids at all costs, more especially during celebrations when you’re expecting visitors to your house often. That’s why it’s better to have an indoor swimming pool because you can always lock the surrounding to prevent children or any unwanted guest from accessing the pool.
Most states also have rules regarding the protection of swimming pools; some states require fencing, locked gates or covers. Failure to apply such safety measures will place children at high risk of injuries and proving the liabilities in such situations\ is much easier since you failed to abide by the rules and regulations governing the safety of swimming pools.
Swimming Pool Liabilities – Slip And Fall
Injuries don’t only happen in the swimming pool, there are also a lot of slip and fall accidents that arise in areas surrounding the pool. Must pool owners make the mistake of using slippery materials when surrounding the pool and it leads to more accidents than they can imagine. This can be considered as negligence from your own part, there is the need to use nonslippery materials when surrounding the pool and you should take professional advice from contractors before you make any decision when surrounding the pool. Whenever there are a slip and fall accident, it is required by law for juries and judges to take into account all the factors surrounding the environment where the slip and fall happen.
What Are The Risk Associated With Swimming Pool?
The first common accident is drowning; It is important for pool owners to ensure that all the children using their pool know fully how to swim if possible draft a user agreement that will be signed by a parent or guardian which prove that their kids know how to swim. You should also provide adult supervisors throughout the swimming area so that they put their eyes on and ensure nothing goes wrong.
How To Avoid Pool Related Claims
As a pool owner, the best way to avoid claims is to make sure that you have employed every possible security and safety measure that is needed by your state, when you do that, even if an accident happens there would be fewer liabilities on your part. If you’re a homeowner make sure to lock the gates to your pools so that unwanted guests cannot access your pool. Any child that’s going to use your pool should be under the supervision and you should ensure all the pool facilities are working appropriately; you should have multiple lifesaving floatation’s in your pool for extra safety.
Proving negligence isn’t going to be easy, that’s why when an accident happens it’s better for a parent to take professional advice first before proceeding with anything, consult a professional attorney that will help you along the process with ease. If you have a child that is suffering from personal injuries that arise from swimming pool you should contact us here at Massey & Duffy so that we can deal with the problem and make all the proper claims that are necessary, contact us now for free consultation.