Swimming Pool Accidental Death Lawsuit Lawyers in Georgia
Georgia Apartment Complex Swimming Pool Accidents
Summers in Georgia can be considerably hot, sending many people to both private and public swimming pools on a daily basis, especially teenagers and young children who are not in school. Swimming pools are a refreshing break from the heat, and while they are intended to be fun and relaxing, they can also present dangers to swimmers while in the pool as well as individuals standing or sitting around a pool.
Depending on whether a pool is considered private or public property will determine who, if anyone, may be at fault if a person suffers injuries or death related to a swimming pool accident. Many states treat apartment complex swimming pools as public property, while others do not. Under Georgia law, private apartment complex swimming pools are considered private property. As such, apartment complexes and other private properties may have their own rules governing the use of the swimming pools by both residents and visitors, but can still be held accountable if they are negligent in causing a pool-related injury. Additionally, apartment complex owners have a duty to ensure swimming pools are safe for those using them.
Why Do Apartment Swimming Pool Accidents and Deaths Happen?
Apartment complex swimming pool accidents and deaths can happen for a variety of reasons, many of which are the same reasons why accidents and deaths happen at pools. Examples of such reasons include, the following:
- Slipping on wet surfaces around the pool, which may result in a person falling into the pool;
- Swimming in a deep end that is unmarked and subsequently drowning;
- Contracting an infection from contaminated pool water;
- Unsafe diving boards;
- Lack of life-saving equipment to help a person who is in distress while swimming, especially children;
- Failure to have a lifeguard on duty when it was expected; and
- Failure to have safety signs to make sure the pool is adequately marked and safe for all swimmers.
Swimming pool drownings are especially tragic and often involve young children. Such accidents are usually preventable.
Who is Responsible for a Georgia Apartment Complex Swimming Pool Accident?
Because apartment complex swimming pools are often private property, and typically only available to tenants and their guests, it can be tricky to determine who may be responsible if a person suffers injuries or death because of an accident. Overall, the owner of a pool is ultimately the person or party who is responsible for what happens on the property, but only if the owner does something negligent or, on the other hand, failed to maintain the area to keep it safe.
If an apartment complex decides to provide a pool to tenants and guests, it takes on the responsibility of ensuring the pool is safe for its intended use. Having a lifeguard is an added safety measure that can help to prevent needless drownings. However, many apartment complex pools do not have lifeguards. While having a lifeguard on duty may not be required for private pools, there still must be appropriate warnings and indications about pool safety to ensure people using the pool do not get hurt or drown.
Some apartment complex swimming pool accidents and drownings may involve the conduct of individual tenants or guests. If a person is injured or drowns and the cause of the accident can be linked to a particular person’s negligent conduct (aside from the apartment complex owner), that specific person may be held responsible for the resulting injuries and death. All situations are different and require a thorough analysis of the facts to determine what person or party may be held responsible for a person’s injuries or death.
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