Pool Owner Liability for Injuries to Trespassers

Most of the dangers posed by swimming pools are common. However, safety risks may
not be so common. What should pool owners do to prevent swimmers from poolside
injuries and accidents as they prevent themselves from liability? Furthermore,
you should be aware of your legal options in case you or a loved one is harmed
by either poor supervision or dangerous conditions.

As a pool owner, you have a legal duty to ensure that your swimming pool is always
in a safe condition. Your liability to anybody who gets hurt in or around your
swimming pool is partly determined by your relationship with the person. This
can be anyone from invitees, trespassers or even a landscaper. Here we have
focused on pool owner liability for injuries to trespassers.

What is a trespasser liability?

Trespasser liability imposes laws that state the kinds of payments pool owners are
offered. It also states the safety precautions they should put in place for the
protection of other people on their land. These laws must be adhered to by the
pool owner to prevent possible liability. They differ depending on the state.

Pool owner Liability for injuries to Trespassers

A trespasser refers to anybody who gets into your property without your consent.
Generally, a pool owner is not responsible for the protection of trespassers on
their land. However, this is not the case if you are aware of the type of
people who frequently get into your property and use your pool. The pool has to
be in perfect condition too. This particularly applies to trespassers who are
children.

Under the attractive nuisance policy, pool owners have the responsibility to ensure
the pool is safe especially for daycare children who do not know the risk of
drowning. This obligation entails preventing entry into the pool using a fence
so that the young trespassers are unable to access the pool. However, not every
state abides by the attractive nuisance policy.

Play ground equipment and swimming pools are mostly viewed as good looking nuisance.
A pool owner is typically responsible for injuries to children unless it is not
possible for the child to physically get to the pool. Given this, the pool
owner is required to consider child care techniques by ensuring that the pool
and its surrounding areas are safe for young trespassers. For instance those still
in preschool. 

As a pool owner, you can also include extra prevention measures like setting up
pool covers when the pool is not occupied. You can also install pool alarms and
any other safety devices around the swimming pool. Additionally, make sure that
all the devices used in the swimming pool, such as pool drain covers, abide by
the state and federal standards. 

It is also important to provide emergency safety equipment if you own a pool that
is open to the public, like hotel guests or club. Safety Equipment like diving
boards, ladders and drains should be checked regularly to ensure they are in perfect
working conditions. Lastly, people who own big pools that are open to the
public, especially those owned by municipalities could also be held responsible
for not providing enough life guards and supervision.