While pools bring weeks of fun and healthy exercise, they can also open a property owner to the possibility of legal action if somebody were to get hurt or drown in the pool. While drowning is a major concern, it’s not the only accident that can occur in or near a pool.
There’s also the risk of serious slip and fall injuries (which may result in head and spinal trauma), as well as electrocutions because of devices such as pool pumps in proximity to wet areas.
Avoiding Pool Tragedies
According to premises liability law, a property owner who does not take proper precautions to make the pool and deck space safe and secure may be held liable for injuries and deaths that occur in and around the pool as a result of hazards.
Appropriate steps should be taken by pool owners to reduce risk of, and prevent, accidents and resulting injuries that may occur around the pool:
- supervising guests while they use the pool;
- ensuring the pool is fenced in so wandering children cannot access it;
- fixing any hazards like cracks in the pool deck that may pose a risk of injury; and
- posting warning signs in and around the pool area.
Chemical accidents are another facet of pool ownership. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if a pool owner does the following then he/she can keep a safe pool:
- secure pool chemicals away from children and animals;
- read product label and manufacturer’s directions before each use of the chemicals;
- use appropriate protective gear, such as safety glasses and gloves, when handling pool chemicals; and
- don’t mix chlorine products with each other, with acid, or with any other substance.
If a pool owner failed to take precautions or fix hazards that ultimately cause an accident and injuries, victims may consult an attorney to go over steps required to take legal action to recover compensation for damages.
Seeking Legal Help
Having good legal counsel can help get the compensation deserved. Contact Franks & Rechenberg at 847-854-7700 to set up a consultation to discuss premises liability following a pool accident.