Hazy, hot and humid; the three words looked upon with much disdain this
time of year in Poughkeepsie, New York. Like it or not, summer time is
upon us, but respite is not elusive because many people will cool off
in swimming pools.
Experienced Poughkeepsie swimming pool accident attorneys know that public pools, private pools, and even backyard pools are wonderful
places to cool off. At the same time, numerous drownings occur yearly,
almost 3,500 in fact. This amounts to about 10 unintentional deaths every
day that are attributable to drowning. Almost a quarter of these deaths
are suffered by children. Toddlers in backyard pools are at high risk
for drowning too.
Property owners have a duty to use reasonable care in keeping their property
safe so that preventable and foreseeable harm does not come to people
coming upon the property. The same rule applies to mere occupiers of land
as well. Defects in the property must be cured and visitors must be warned
This duty applies to pools as well. Pool owners, whether a homeowner or
corporate owner, and even operators of public pools must use reasonable
care in maintaining and operating their
swimming pools. This means that pool owners and operators must inspect the pool for defects.
Defects that are found must be fixed. If a defect isn’t found when
it could have and should have been found had the owner or operator exercised
reasonable care, the owner or operator is exposed to potential liability.
If the dangerous condition was the proximate cause of the swimmers injury,
and the victim suffered damages, the defendant could very easily be held
liable for negligence by a court of law.
Certain situations require the use of life guards. Those employees must
be adequately trained and supervised. They must observe the swimmers and
be on the look-out for danger. Missing the obvious signs of danger or
failing to mount an appropriate response could give rise to a
negligence claim based on inadequate supervision.
Pool owners and operators must also ensure that safety rules are followed.
Signs must warn of danger as well. To a child, these warnings and rules
may seem silly, but to adults and experienced attorneys, these rules are
life savers. Signs should warn of slippery ground surfaces. Children should
be stopped from running. Water depths should be posted.
Any and all injuries caused by any negligent act or omission on the part
of a pool owner or operator may give rise to liability.
Common injuries are related to slip and falls; the victim may suffer a traumatic brain injury, fractured skull, broken
limbs, neck and back injuries, and many more. Of course, drowning is another
common result of swimming pool negligence.
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