With summer coming to an end, people around the nation are swarming to their local swimming pools for one last summer dip. Aside from public pools and water parks, homeowners who have private pools are also enjoying their final moments in the water before they have to clean out their pool and get it ready for the fall. With all of this last-minute water action happening, it’s important to know what precautions you should take to avoid an injury at the pool—whether that be in your private pool, a neighbor’s pool, or a public swimming pool.
Here are some things you should know about swimming pool liabilities to ensure a safe swim and avoid a call to your personal injury lawyer.
Liability at a Private Pool
When it comes to your own private pool, you are liable for anything that happens in it. Private pool ownership comes packed with responsibilities. More important than the simple self-maintenance responsibilities, this includes things that go beyond just making sure that anyone in your pool stays safe. If you are throwing a party or have friends and family over, make sure you’re always monitoring what goes on in and out the pool. If kids are playing too rough, let them know that they should stop and be more careful; if you happen to have drinks at the event, monitor your guests’ consumption and let them know that it isn’t safe to swim under the influence; if kids are flipping from the sides of the pool, you must be aware!
Private pool ownership can be tricky, because even if you didn’t invite someone into your pool—say a group of teenagers sneak in for a midnight swim—you can still be held liable for any injuries. Always make sure that your pool is not easily accessible to strangers for their safety and yours. If you feel like you need the advice of a personal injury lawyer when it comes to pool liability, contact an attorney at Robert J. DeBry and Associates.
Injuries at a Neighbor’s or a Public Pool
Thousands of apartment complexes around the nation also have pools available for their residents, and thousands more of homeowners have private pools for their family and friends. These summer gathering places can get crowded, which in turn can increase the risk of an injury. When swimming at an apartment complex pool or a neighbor’s pool, liability can fall on one of two parties: the apartment complex/owner of the pool or whoever was responsible for your injury. For example, if your injury was due to the poor maintenance of the pool staff or homeowner, they may be held liable for your injuries. If you are injured from the direct actions of another, that reckless individual would need to take the blame.
Regardless of who was at fault for your injuries, you should always consult with a personal injury lawyer here at Robert J. DeBry and Associates. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers will review your case and get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.