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Pool owners owe a duty of care to swimmers

In Florida, we generally think of a swimming pool as a place of fun and recreation. If you live near the coast, a swimming pool can be a comfortable and leisurely alternative to the sand and waves of the beach. However, there are serious risks associated with swimming pools, and pool owners, including hotels and resorts, have an obligation to ensure that swimmers and others are reasonably protected from injury.

Failure to properly supervise pools leads to far too many injuries, especially when children are present. A lifeguard or maintenance worker may be tasked with supervising a pool area, but if that person steps away for even an instant, there may not be adequate oversight to protect swimmers and others in the area.

There have also been cases of homeowners who fail to properly lock or latch a door or gate leading to a swimming pool. If a child gains access to the swimming area because of a broken or otherwise unsecured latch, then the homeowner may be held liable for any resulting injuries.

Pool owners should also have proper safety signage around the pool. Unfortunately, many people suffer head injuries and broken bones in pools that lack appropriate signage and warnings.

At Salpeter Gitkin LLC, we handle cases involving swimming pool accidents, including devastating cases of drowning or near drowning. Many property owners try to avoid liability for negligence that caused a swimming pool injury, and it may be necessary for the victim or the victim's family to take legal action to hold the responsible party accountable.

If you would like to learn more about liability in swimming pool accidents, then please visit our personal injury overview.

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