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What Happens If You Don't Prioritize Swimming Pool Safety

Although the summer sun may be drifting away, there are some warm days past August where a pool can still be of great use. Even though this aquatic feature is a fun way to defeat bouts of heat, there’s also the possibility it could be dangerous, if proper safety precautions are not taken ahead of time. If you or someone you know has a swimming pool, these are some of the things you should know if you fail to take proper safety precautions in advance:

Liability

In the unfortunate event an individual drowns on your property, due to not taking proper safety precautions, you will be held liable. Unlike with other circumstances, homeowners are held 100% responsible for any injuries or deaths that occur on their property when it pertains to a swimming pool regardless if negligence is proven. Regardless of if the individual was a guest or a trespasser, you’re still held liable for their injury/death due to negligence on your behalf — but how is negligence defined in this event?

Negligence

Unlike traditional cases of negligence, swimming pool owners are required to have a series of safety features surrounding their aquatic staple before installation is complete. In addition to obtaining permits to have the feature built on their property, pool owners are required to have a pool fence built, that includes a gate with a lock — to keep unexpected guests out of the pool, when no one is around.

Attractive Nuisance

Another form of this pool-based negligence is called Attractive Nuisance, which is when an object on your property attracts the attention of children and ultimately leads to harm. Just like traditional negligence, Attractive Nuisance holds the property owner liable for any injuries caused by their swimming pool, regardless of whether or not the victim is trespassing — they will still be held liable for any injuries that occur.

In the event of a pool injury, it’s pertinent to call a lawyer right away to protect your rights and to help you secure the kind of compensation that your personal injuries require. Turn to the experienced personal injury lawyers of Levine and Wiss for help.