According to recent US Census Bureau and CDC statistics, the United States has an average of 10.4 million residential swimming pools. These stats also report that 17.12% of Americans between 18 and 29 years old owns a pool or hot tub. When you apply the math to the purported 128.58 million households in the country, a little more than 8% have a swimming pool. Furthermore, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the CDC report that swimming is the 5th most popular pastime here in the states, but number one among 36 percent of children between the ages of 7 and 17 years old.
These numbers set the tone for the importance of public and residential swimming pool safety. If you are considering a swimming pool addition to your property or have recently fallen victim to a negligent pool accident, it is wise to educate yourself on some helpful facts concerning pool liability.
Continue reading to review some frequently asked questions about swimming pool accident liability and related injury or wrongful death claims.
Summertime Swimming Pool Liability
Indiana summers get hot and humid. This time of year, our public and private pools provide us with a refreshing reprieve from the strong, seasonal sun. But with this privilege comes a great deal of responsibility. Even hot tubs and spas can pose certain risks if the proper precautions are not taken. Drownings, concussions, orthopedic injuries, and chemical exposure are all common swimming pool accidents and injuries.
But when someone is injured or killed in a swimming pool accident, who is liable? The municipality? The residential property owners? The property management company? The landlord? With so many possible responsible parties, the answer to this common question can be confusing.
Swimming Pool Accident FAQS
Who is Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident?
Sadly, swimming pool accidents are common in the United States. Because there are so many pools and pool accidents, there are dedicated injury laws specifically regarding pools. To make matters more complicated, these laws are different for public pools and private pools, so it is strongly encouraged to review your county’s swimming pool laws before installing one on your property or visiting another’s swimming pool. Here in Indiana, for instance, pools must be at least 10 feet away from any other building or house and must remain in the side or back yard of a private residence.
Before diving into assigning fault in a swimming pool accident, you must determine which set of laws apply to your case. Talk to a licensed personal injury lawyer in Indiana to learn everything you need to know about obtaining legal justice after a swimming pool accident or injury.
The general rule of thumb, although it varies from case to case, is that the owner of the pool is responsible for compensating a victim for their injuries, but only if the owner was negligent and their negligence was a direct cause of the accident and subsequent injuries. Thus, it is vitally important for pool owners to carry home owner’s liability insurance so if they did happen to be negligent, their insurance carrier will pay for any settlement or judgment against them. Again, these cases can be complex, which is why you should always consult with an experienced Indiana accident attorney for personalized advice and guidance.
Are Swimming Pools Considered an Attractive Nuisance?
If something is so enticing to a child that it motivates them to enter onto another person’s property, it can be considered an attractive nuisance. Swimming pools and hot tubs are perfect examples. Under modern law, property owners have legal responsibility (or duty of care) to keep a safe premises in the case of trespassing children or minors. This is called the attractive nuisance ordinance and is an exception to premise liability law.
If you have heard about attractive nuisance laws regarding swimming pools, then you may wonder what they really entail. Basically, if your pool is visible to the public and has features that attract trespassers, it could be a liability. This includes easy-access, public view, water slides, and more. To protect your pool from becoming an attractive nuisance, start by installing a fence and consider a pool cover.
Can Liability Waivers Be Enforced After a Hotel or Public Pool Accident?
Fault plays the largest role in determining who is liable for a pool accident at a hotel or public civic center. The only way to know the answer to this question is to contact an experienced Indianapolis IN personal injury attorney and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. They will investigate the details of the waiver, as well as the accident, and determine what can be done and what can’t be done.
Were you or a loved one wrongfully injured in a swimming pool accident? Contact the Law Office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury attorneys in Indianapolis, Indiana. We represent victims all throughout the state of Indiana and Indiana residents injured in other states.