Having a pool in the backyard makes keeping the family cool and entertained easy. Unfortunately, no matter how hard people try, they can’t prevent all accidents from happening. People who can’t swim find themselves in trouble everyday across the country. Children and adults drown in backyard pools at a rate that is simply too high.
Drownings happen for a variety of reasons. Though the reasons may vary, they are typically related to access to the pool or a hazardous condition with the pool. For example, if there is no fence around the pool, anyone can access it at any time. If the pool is not maintained properly, it can malfunction or be rendered unsafe.
There are four standard types of pool drowning cases:
- Private Pool
These cases arise when a drowning occurs in a pool belonging to a homeowner. If the pool is not made reasonably inaccessible, the homeowner could be found legally liable for any accidents or drownings.
- Commercial Pool
These are drownings that occur in pools owned by businesses or city. These pool owners are held to a higher safety standard than homeowners.
- Product Liability
The components that make up pools must be designed and installed in such a way that they are safe. If they do not work as they should or are not installed according to specifications, accidents and drownings can result.
Waterparks are held to an even higher standard than businesses, and they often fight the hardest in civil court. These businesses have a vested interest in maintaining a superb reputation and will fight to protect it.
If you or a loved one has had a pool accident in Atlanta, you need the experience of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. An attorney can help you recover damages you are entitled to.