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Swimming Pools Are The Cause Of Many Premises Liability Injuries

Swimming pools are a source of great joy and relief from hot days for both children and adults, but the fun they represent can make it hard to see the many dangers they also pose. In Florida, drownings are the leading cause of death among children, and also a significant cause of death among the elderly.

At Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys, we represent personal injury victims in Florida and throughout the United States. We know how a pool accident can turn a fun outing instantly into a nightmare, with potentially lifelong consequences. We are committed to helping our clients hold negligent parties accountable in the form of financial compensation, and our firm has recovered more than $1 billion and counting for our clients.

Understanding The Hazards Associated With Swimming Pools

Drowning is only the most obvious risk near a pool. Improper application of chlorine and other cleaning supplies can result in unsanitary conditions and illness if too little is used, and chemical irritation if too much is used. Devices used to circulate water and clean the pool can cause injuries as well, either due to a product defect or because such a device was negligently not stored away from pool users. And of course, the splashing of water around a pool creates perfect conditions for a slip-and-fall injury.

In addition to our attorneys’ deep experience in personal injury law, we retain an in-house physician whose medical expertise helps us translate detailed medical information into strong legal filings and, ultimately, into successful verdicts whenever possible.

Liability At Public Versus Private Pools

One crucial thing to understand about swimming pool accidents is that the legal context differs depending on whether the accident occurred at a public pool or at a private residential pool. Every case is different, and it takes an experienced attorney to recognize exactly what obligations a pool operator had in each specific case.

Many states, however, have spelled out clearly the duties of private residential pool owners. Pools are considered an “attractive nuisance” because they can attract children into a dangerous situation if no adult is present to supervise them. Florida, for example, has passed the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act. This law requires residential pool owners to take at least one of the following safety measures:

  • Surround the pool with a fence
  • Cover the pool’s surface with an approved safety cover
  • Attach an alarm to all doors and windows with direct access to the pool
  • Install an alarm that sounds when an unauthorized body (human, animal or object) enters the pool
  • Install self-latching devices on doors and windows with direct access to the pool, at a minimum height beyond the reach of small children

Ideally, pool owners would take it upon themselves to implement several of these measures to minimize the risk of neighbors (especially children) suffering harm.

Learn More About Your Legal Options During A Free Consultation

To find out how we can help you seek compensation for a swimming pool-related injury, give us a call at 904-659-9054 or contact our team online for a free consultation today.