As the weather heats up and the summer begins approaching for another year, there are many people in the state of New York starting to open their pools. While this is a great and enjoyable way to spend time, it is important to keep in mind that pools can also be dangerous if they are not properly maintained. If they are not, there can be cases of swimming pool accidents in which people fall in and drown due to negligence of pool owners. That is why they are required to implement the right safety precautions to ensure this does not happen. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a New York personal injury attorney if you or a loved one was harmed due to negligence.
Pool Safety Precautions to Implement
Property owners have an obligation to keep their grounds safe for those who come onto it. This is especially so if they have a pool. The best way to keep a pool safe from causing any harm is to take certain safety precautions, such as:
- Never leave a child unattended in the water or near it
- If the pool is deep and people are not able to stand, make sure they are capable swimmers before letting them in the pool
- Stay away from drains and be sure pools have drain covers
- Install proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around the pool
- Stow away any portable ladders when the pool is not being used. Children who cannot swim are often attracted to pools and removing ladders can prevent them from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
- Pool owners may wish to know how to perform CPR just in case someone is drowning
- Always swim sober
- Avoid electrocution by prohibiting electronic devices near the poor
- Let swimmers know where there are shallow areas where they cannot dive
Compensation for Swimming Pool Accidents
Pool owners who fail to take care of their grounds can put visitors and even passerbyers in harm’s way. This can result in serious, life-changing injuries or even death. It is because of this that pool owners in these situations can face legal action from the injured party or the loved ones of a deceased. In order to have a successful case and recover damages, these parties are required to prove negligence by showing the pool owner’s behavior directly caused the accident and injuries/death. Helpful evidence can include pictures or videos of the pool, medical documentation of any injuries, and witnesses to the incident.
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At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!