For many people, summertime means pool time. Regardless of if that means taking the tarp off your pool in the backyard and inviting all your friends over or taking your children to the public pool, you are likely going to be spending quite a bit of time in and near the water. When you are spending quite a bit of time somewhere, injuries and accidents are bound to happen. The question you may have is whose fault is an injury if it occurs at the pool? Also, who’s liable for the injuries you suffer?
Swimming pools have a unique place in the realm of injury law and can provide a number of unique challenges for owners and those who are injured at a pool. As a result, people likely have quite a few questions about their rights and responsibilities. The top five asked questions (and answers) are found here.
When a pool accident occurs, what laws apply?
Because such a large number of people have pools and there are so many accidents related to pools each year, there are certain injury laws in place that only apply to the swimming pools. Also, there are laws that apply specifically to private pools, as well as specific laws that apply to public pools. If you are unsure of the laws that apply to your situation, then it is best contact a personal injury attorney for clarification.
Can you sue if you slip and fall while at the pool?
If you are hurt while at a pool, the pool owner should be responsible for compensating you for the injuries you have suffered. Unfortunately, not all cases are as cut and dry. You have to prove that the pool owner acted negligent, which is often more complicated than you think.
Do you have a swimming pool that is an attractive nuisance?
This is a phrase that most people aren’t too familiar with. However, when it comes to owning a pool, if you have an “attractive nuisance” on your property, it may result in thousands or even millions of dollars in legal liability. The good news is, there are steps you can take to protect yourself, which an attorney can explain.
If your neighbors build a pool is it necessary for them to put up a fence?
An important part of having an attractive nuisance is taking the proper steps to prevent potential injuries. There are several court precedents and state statutes that require pool owners to put a fence up around their pool to help prevent children from wandering near it and getting hurt.
Are the hotel liability waivers for swimming pools enforceable?
You may find this type of language present in the paperwork you fill out when you check-in or at the pool there may be a single sign, but you may wonder of just stating the hotel isn’t liable for injuries at the pool is enough. This is a touchy subject and depends on several factors. An attorney can help you better understand your rights.
If you have more questions about injuries at swimming pools, then you should contact a personal injury attorney. You can call the attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, PA at 561-449-2372 to ask any questions you may have.