Swimming Pool Injuries and Liability

by Pool Builders on 05-31-2010 in Articles

Swimming pools are alluring to children and adults alike, especially during hot Texas summers. Unfortunately, there are inherent risks and liabilities in owning or operating a swimming pool. Each year thousands of people die in drowning accidents, and, as a pool owner, you should know the laws surrounding injury and liability for swimming pool accidents.

Pool Hazards

Swimming pool accidents are a serious concern for pool owners and operators. While a variety of pool accidents can occur, the most devastating is a drowning accident. Generally, drowning accidents involve unsupervised children who make their way into a pool. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1 in 4 drowning accidents involve children 14 and under. Additionally, for every fatality, there are 4 children who received emergency room treatment for submersion related accidents.

Premises Liability

There are a number of safety precautions that can help prevent pool accidents from occurring. In order to ensure the safety of your pool, consider the following:

- Install a fence to enclose your pool area and reduce the chances of an uninvited guest sneaking into your pool

- Post warning signs that indicate there is no lifeguard on duty

- Always supervise children when they are in or nearby water

- Do not leave toys or floatation devices in water, as this may be enticing for children

If you or someone you love has suffered from serious injuries because of a negligent pool owner, you may have grounds for filing a legal claim and pursuing compensation for your losses. Victims generally receive compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or the wrongful death of a loved one.

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