When Is a Pool Owner Liable For Injuries?
Swimming in a pool or hot tub is a fun activity for individuals and families alike. Unfortunately, any environment with water comes with the risk of drowning or other serious injuries. Like any other property owners, pool or hot tub owners have a duty to keep the premises safe for patrons and other visitors. If a pool owner does not take adequate care of the property or fails to follow safety regulations and someone gets hurt as a result, the owner should be held liable for their negligence and should financially compensate any injured victims.
Negligence leading to pool injuries
Serious injuries can happen in or out of a swimming pool or hot tub and not all pool-related injuries involve drowning. People can also slip and fall or be involved in other accidents when simply walking around the pool area. The following are ways that pool owners can be negligent and lead to injury:
- Not having an appropriate high barrier around the pool with a self-locking or latching gate to keep out unsupervised small children.
- Having rough floors or surfaces inside the pool that may hurt to touch.
- Leaving debris or objects around the pool that may cause slip and fall accidents.
- Having surfaces on the pool deck that can get slippery or slick when wet.
- Not posting proper warnings regarding depth of the pool, lifeguards on duty, diving, and more.
- Not complying with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act1 and other pool-related federal and state regulations.
These are only some examples of negligence that can lead to pool injuries.
Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in Atlanta for a free consultation
If you or your child has suffered injury at a swimming pool or hot tub due to a dangerous condition, you should contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss a potential legal claim. The personal injury process can be complicated, so you always want to have a skilled legal team investigating your case, gathering evidence, and representing your rights in court. Please do not hesitate to call the law office of Boling Rice in Atlanta for 770-744-0890 for a free consultation today.