There are few things more enticing than a swimming pool filled with clear blue sparkling water. Swimming pools are great attractions: They’re more convenient than the beach and you don’t have to deal with sand getting everywhere. Yes, pools are appealing, but they’re also fraught with hazards. Swimming pool-related accidents are a major cause of injury for children under age 14, even when a parent is present.
Owners and managers of swimming pools owe serious responsibilities to those who use the pool. Liability for swimming pool accidents stems from premises liability, which imposes a duty on the owner of a house, land, or store to keep the premises in safe condition and to protect visitors on the premises from foreseeable harm. The liability applies to private residential swimming pools and public-access pools, school, spa, gym, and amusement park pools. The kind of swimming pool does not matter: It can be in-ground, above ground, or indoors.
The owner of the pool is liable to someone who’s injured whether the person is an invited guest, a paying guest, or a trespasser. The list of possible pool-related injuries include drowning, slip-and-fall, negative reaction to pool chemicals, water-borne infection, and injury from horseplay in or out of the water.