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Liability concerns to keep in mind for swimming pools this summer

Florida is famous for its nice weather, and nothing makes summer fun quite like enjoying a friend or family member’s swimming pool with them. While it may not be a fun thing to think about, if a tragedy were to occur, you should know how liability for swimming pool accidents work in Florida.

Property owners’ duty of care

The law imposes on property owners a duty to keep their property free of unreasonably dangerous conditions for their invited guests. If there are dangers, property owners have a legal duty to warn guests about the dangers.

Sometimes, people can suffer injuries in swimming pools due to things such as faulty equipment, unbalanced chemicals, unexpected depth changes, unusually slippery surfaces, and so forth. If a pool owner knows about one of these dangers in their own pool, they must make sure to mention it to anyone who comes near their pool, so that they can avoid the danger.

The attractive nuisance doctrine

Like many states, Florida courts follow the attractive nuisance doctrine. This means that you have a legal duty to keep your property reasonably free from conditions that are overly dangerous for children who cannot appreciate their danger, even when those children come on to your property without your permission.

For example, if there is no fence between the sidewalk and a swimming pool, and it is visible from the street, it might be a legal liability. If a child falls into the swimming pool and is injured or drowns, the owner will not be able to claim the defense that the child was trespassing, and they could be held liable for the injury.

By their nature, accidents are often sudden and difficult to prevent. But by taking reasonable precautions, you can help to minimize the odds of an injury or tragic death occurring to your loved ones in a swimming pool this summer, and you can seek compensation if an accident were to occur.