Swimming Pool Accidents in New Hampshire
Premises Liability Cases Involving Swimming Pool Accidents
Outdoor recreation and swimming is a popular hobby for residents in New Hampshire. Many children love spending time in the pool, but unfortunately injuries and accidents by the pool are common. It only takes a few seconds for something to go wrong and someone to get seriously hurt. Adults and property owners need to take the necessary precautions to keep children safe in the pool.
If your child is injured in a swimming pool accident, team up with an attorney to fight for compensation from the negligent party. Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey has more than 30 years of experience helping injured victims recover damages and we can help in your case as well.
Preventing Swimming Pool Accidents
It is imperative to do all that you can to keep children safe around and in swimming pools. Some helpful tips to maintain safety include:
- Always have adult supervision
- Take breaks from the pool
- Swim around with your child
- Do not let your child swim alone
- Always make sure your children are wearing lifejackets or floating devices
- Make sure your children are aware of the rules around the pool; such as no running or swimming with gum
Parents can only do so much when it comes to informing their children of safety rules, pool owners also have responsibilities. If you own a pool, you have the duty to make sure it is maintained safely. The premises liability matter in a swimming pool accident depends on the swimmer and the relationship of the swimmer to the owner.
When categorizing swimmers, they can either be an invitee, a licensee or a trespasser. An invitee would be someone that is essentially a guest that is allowed to be around the pool. For example, at a hotel pool an invitee would be a patron swimming in the pool. If it is a residential pool, it could be a guest of the party or social gathering. In order to ensure the safety of your guests, you need to reasonably inspect the pool and the area surrounding the pool. On top of that, pool owners need to warn the guests of any dangers present around or in the pool.
A licensee would be anyone allowed to enter the swimming pool premises for a business reason either to service the pool or to make any changes around the pool. Lastly, a
trespasser would be someone lacking permission to be in the pool premises. This could be someone who jumps the fence or swims without consent. Property owners are generally not responsible for injuries of a swimmer that was trespassing.
Proving Fault in a Swimming Pool Accident
The first part of a swimming pool accident case would be showing what type of swimmer you or your child was. If your child was an invitee, there is a good chance that the property owner is responsible for the injuries. The next step would be determining the cause of the swimming pool accident. Common causes could be:
- Improper fencing
- Lack of ladders
- Pool lights not working
- Negligent lifeguards
- Inadequate safety warnings
- Lack of safety equipment
- Unclear water
- Defective drains or other equipment
Pool owners can be held responsible for any of these acts of negligence in their pool premises. Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey can help you determine the cause and hold the negligent party responsible. Team up with a swimming pool accident attorney in New Hampshire for the legal counsel that you need in your case. Contact our firm today at (888) 879-4109 to schedule your
free case evaluation and see how we can assist you in fighting for compensation.