Swimming Pool Accidents: Public Pools & Your Rights
On a hot summer day, few things can be better than spending a day at the pool. If you don’t have a pool of your own, this might mean spending some time at your local community pool or maybe even checking into a hotel with a pool for a weekend. But as fun as swimming can be, it’s important for both swimmers and owners of pools to take proper precautions to keep it as safe as possible. Owners of public pools often take steps to absolve themselves of any legal liability if someone drowns or is injured on their property, but there are some situations where you may be able to sue over a swimming pool injury.
Slip and Fall Accidents
By far, one of the easiest ways to get hurt at the pool is in a slip and fall accident. Every year, about 155,000 people are injured in slip and fall accidents by pools. Swimming pools come with an inherent risk for slip and fall accidents. With all the splashing that can happen while getting in and out of the pool and while swimming, it’s virtually impossible to keep the area surrounding the pool dry at all times.
Most public pools and pools in places like hotels and apartment or condo complexes will have signs reminding visitors that the ground can be very slippery. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that pool owners are never liable for slip and fall injuries. If you fall by a public pool, contact a slip and fall lawyer to discuss your case. Pool owners have a responsibility to keep the area safe from any unreasonable hazards, so if you fell because there wasn’t enough lighting in the area for you to see how wet the ground was or because something on the ground posed a trip hazard, you may be able to take legal action.
Lack of Maintenance
Pools require a lot of care and upkeep. When things like lighting, stairs/ladders, and the area surrounding the pool aren’t being repaired when necessary, it’s very easy for someone to get hurt. When pools are open to the public or invited visitors, the owner of the pool has a responsibility to stay on top of maintaining it so that it’s safe as possible for people to use.
Inadequate Safety Measures
As fun as pools can be, they can easily become very dangerous and it’s important for pool owners to take proper measures to keep visitors safe. This includes having things like keeping flotation devices by the pool and signs warning people about shallow water. In many cases, pool owners are required to put fences up around pools to keep children from getting in the water without supervision. If someone is injured or drowns because the owner of a pool failed to take these kinds of safety precautions, they could be held liable for those injuries.
In some situations, swimming pool accidents can turn into product liability cases. There have been cases where people were injured or killed because of a defective component of the pool, like a drain cover that catches a person’s foot or a pump that shorts out and electrocutes a swimmer. If a person is injured or killed by a defective part of a pool, the manufacturer of the product in question could be held liable, but the owner of the pool might also be liable if they knew the product had been recalled but failed to get rid of it or repair it.