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, where Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys is based, drownings are the leading cause of death among children, and also a significant cause of death among the elderly.
And 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.
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.
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