When injuries occur at swimming pools, the owner of the pool — whether it is at a public park or a private residence — could be liable for the injuries. However, this liability is not automatic. So when is the pool owner liable for an accident?
In most cases, your local premises liability laws will apply in any lawsuit centered on a swimming pool injury. This means that there are three different types of entrants on the property, and the owner of the pool has a different duty of care to each:
There is one exception to this trespasser rule, however. Young children who do not necessarily understand the dangers of pool areas and the potential for drowning could wander into a pool area. In this case, they are not technically considered trespassers. Owners are therefore expected to take reasonable steps to prevent small children from accessing their pools, such as putting a fence around the pool area.
If you or a loved one has been injured at a swimming pool, it’s important to understand which category you fall into and the liability of the owner before you begin your case. For more information, consult the experienced premises liability attorneys at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban Call us today at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online. We serve clients in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
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