Unfortunately, injuries in and around swimming pools often happen because the owner or operator of the property hasn’t maintained the equipment in a reasonably safe condition
Swimming Pool Drowning Update 9/13/12: The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release today stating that at least 137 children under the age of 15 drowned in a pool or spa during the summer 2012 season, which began on Memorial Day (May 28) and ended on Labor Day (Sept. 3). In addition to the fatalities, another 168 children required emergency medical treatment for accidents that occurred in pools and spas during that period. Click here to learn more.
Free Pool Drowning Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been the victim of a pool accident, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
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What’s the problem?
In legal terms, liability for pool drownings caused by poor maintenance is called premises liability. Both the owner & operator of the land can be named as defendants in this type of case. Interpretations of what is a reasonably safe condition differ from state to state, and some states have different rules about the duty of the landowner to protect people who have been invited.
Examples of situations that could result in liability because of poor maintenance include (but are not limited to):
- A poorly repaired area around the pool that causes someone to slip and fall
- Broken life-saving equipment that results in a drowning or serious injury
- A loose ladder or stairs that cause a cut or fall
- An improperly maintained fence or pool cover that allows a young child to get into the pool and drown
- Contamination in a pool that hasn’t been treated with chemicals that causes a serious illness
Many states have recreational use laws that exempt landowners for accidental injuries if they open their land to the public for no charge. The duties of a landowner in there situations differs from state to state, so if you’re a landowner, be sure you know what your state requires.
Do I have a Pool Drowning Accident Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Premises Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in pool drowning lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.