Who Might be Liable For Injuries in a Pool Drowning Accident or Spa Entrapment Accident?


May 26, 2014

There can be a range of parties that may be liable depending on the specific facts and circumstances. Property owners may be liable for drowning accidents or other pool or spa injuries when the property owner does not employ appropriate measures to prevent children from falling in the pool or accessing the pool without supervision. A pool owner also may be liable for failure to provide adequate supervision of children who are swimming. When accidents occur because pool or spa equipment is allowed to fall into disrepair, this failure may also constitute a basis for liability. When a pool is operated by a business like a hotel or a public entity, the public or private entity that operates the pool may be liable depending on the circumstances. If equipment is defective in its design or flawed during the manufacturing process, entities involved in the design, production or distribution of the pool or safety equipment may be liable under product liability law. Examples of equipment that may be defective include pool alarms, gate latches and drain covers that do not meet safety standards.

How can an experienced pool and spa accident attorney assist me in obtaining compensation?

The causes of a pool or spa accident can be complex so there are federal and state laws and safety standards as well as industry practices that may be important in determining liability. Our experienced Atlanta drowning accident attorneys provide knowledge of these legal and industry standards so that we can develop a persuasive claim for liability on behalf of our clients. 

What steps can homeowners take to reduce the risk of drowning or other pool accidents?

Some preventive measures that a pool owner may take to reduce the risk of submersion accidents include:

  1. Never let children swim without adult supervision
  2. Ensure that all family members know how to swim
  3. Never swim when under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  4. Do not allow anyone to swim unless he or she is knowledgeable about pool safety
  5. Install proper pool safety barriers including a tall fence and locking gate
  6. Use of a pool alarm warning system
  7. Securing pool with a sturdy cover
  8. Always make sure lifesaving equipment is available and functioning properly
  9. Verify that someone who is home knows how to perform CPR

If you or a family member experience injury in a swimming pool accident, our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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