Liability for Above Ground Pool Dangers

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Childcare, Pools | 1 comment

It is often difficult to come up with ways to keep very young children occupied, especially when it is a nice day with the sun shining, the birds singing, and the neighbor’s pool shimmering invitingly. You may not think twice about letting your child play with the other kids in water, unaware of the above ground pool dangers that may be lurking, especially for the very young. But the fact is, pools are probably one of the most dangerous areas for a child, and above ground pools are particularly risky.

Every day, approximately 10 people die somewhere in the US from unintentional drowning, and 2 of these are children under the age of 14. Unintentional drowning is one of the leading causes of death second only to birth defects for children between the ages of 1 and 4, and most of these drowning occur in residential swimming pools.

Above ground swimming pools are particularly dangerous to small children because it is difficult for them to climb out if they fall in by accident, especially when they are unsupervised. Owners have to make sure that their pools are secured against the unauthorized use by children because even if the children were trespassing, they are still liable in most states for any harm that befalls children if they are 10 years old and younger.  Above ground pools should have their ladders removed, the water drained, and the pool itself covered when not in use.

An article on the website of Ritter & Associates, a San Diego law firm, states that above ground pools are also more likely to result in a fall, which can lead to broken bones, head and neck injuries, and lacerations. Owners should be aware of their responsibilities in ensuring the safety of the people they invite to use their pools.

If you or a family member was harmed from the unsafe conditions of an above ground pool, you may be able to get compensation for our injury. Consult with a competent Greenfield personal injury lawyer steeped in premises liability law in the state and get an assessment of your case.

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