Hotels would not be as fun without swimming pools. Heck, our life would not be as fun without swimming pools! Unfortunately, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns when it comes to swimming pools, as they are responsible for thousands of deaths and drownings each year.
Fact: Each year, more than 3,500 Americans die from drowning in swimming pools all across the country, and children account for a large percentage of deaths in swimming pool-related accidents.
“Despite numerous regulations regarding the safe use, inspection, and maintenance of swimming pools in Pennsylvania and all across the United States, drowning remains a leading cause of deaths among children in the U.S.,” says our Philadelphia swimming pool accident attorney at Dan Doyle Law Group.
But drowning is not the only cause of swimming pool accidents in Philadelphia and elsewhere in Pennsylvania:
In some cases, the injured swimmer is the only party to blame for his or her injury sustained in a swimming pool. “However, in the vast majority of swimming pool-related accidents, the swimmer can recover compensation by suing the property owner for failure to take safety precautions and/or ensure a safe environment for swimmers,” says our experienced swimming pool accident attorney in Philadelphia at Dan Doyle Law Group.
More often than not, if the owner of the property on which the swimming pool is located was in any way responsible for your injury, you may have a right to sue the owner under the legal theory of premises liability. Under this theory, you will have to prove that (a) the property owner owed you a duty of care, (b) that duty was breached, and (c) your swimming pool injury was caused by either inadequate safety precautions or a dangerous condition the owner knew or should have know about.
In Pennsylvania, property owners owe their visitors a duty to ensure that their swimming pools are safe for swimmers. The following parties can be held liable under the theory of premises liability: