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Pool Safety and the Law: A Legal Roundup

Two little kids playing in the swimming pool
By Christopher Coble, Esq. on June 15, 2018 | Last updated on June 14, 2019

It's summertime, meaning you're probably going to be spending some time around the pool during the next few months. Few things are more relaxing than being pooling on a sunny day, and, unfortunately, few places are as dangerous, to children and adults alike.

Sadly, accidents happen at swimming pools. And when they do, whose fault are they? That could depend on whose pool it is and the type of injury involved. Here's a look at pool safety and the law, from our archives:

If you're lucky enough to own your own pool, congratulations. But with it comes some legal liability as well. A swimming pool, in legal parlance, is an "attractive nuisance," meaning pool owners have a higher standard of care when it comes to warning about the dangers of pools and keeping children from injuring themselves. This could mean mandatory fencing or signage, depending on where you live.

2. Who Is Liable for Drowning and Accidents in Private Pools?

Under premise liability doctrines, property owners and inhabitants can be responsible for injuries that occur on their property. And this can be true for both invitees and trespassers as well. Just because you didn't invite someone to your pool doesn't mean you won't be liable if they are injured in or around it. And you'll probably want to keep a close eye on guests as well.

3. Injured at a Public Pool? 3 Tips for Filing a Claim or Lawsuit

Liability at a public pool may be a little different, depending on who is responsible for the injury. If you're injured by another visitor to the pool, that individual may be liable. If employees failed to maintain safe conditions at the pool, they or their employer could be responsible. Additionally, injury claims against municipal or government agencies may have to follow different procedures than your average civil lawsuit.

4. Lifeguards and Liability: 3 Things Swimmers Should Know

Pool lifeguards are in a unique position, as they are hired and trained specifically to ensure swimmers' safety. State laws can vary when it comes to certifications, regulations, and on-the-job duties, but lifeguards are generally held to a higher standard of care than the average pool patron, and they are normally not covered by "Good Samaritan" laws.

5. 3 Key Factors in a Swimming Pool Injury Suit

Pool ownership and oversight, as well as state-specific statutes can each affect who and how you sue after a swimming pool injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered a swimming pool injury, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney today.

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