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Different types of liability with swimming pool injuries

Swimming pools are an unfortunate place where many become injured each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention even reports that between 2005 and 2014, over 3,500 people died from drowning. A variety of other injuries can take place, including near drowning, slipping and spinal cord injuries. 

When you go over to a friend's pool, you probably expect a fun, relaxing time. However, injuries can take place anywhere, and your friend may be liable for your injuries. Determining whether you have a case all comes down to whether the owner of the pool was negligent. 

Situations where the pool owner would be liable

Pool owners need to take care of their pools, especially if they invite others to use it. For example, the court would assume the owner would remove any pieces of debris, such as tree branches, from a pool before inviting others to come over because the branches could seriously hurt someone. Another example would be if the owner failed to repair a diving board or ladder that is in an obvious state of disarray. 

Situations where the pool owner may not be liable

In the event a person commits an intentional act, the pool owner's liability decreases. For instance, if the owner put up several signs around the perimeter stating people should not dive into a pool and someone dives into it, then the owner is less liable. The person was hurt as a result of his or her own negligence. 

Situations with trespassing

A pool owner will not be liable at all if people trespassed onto his or her property. If two teenagers sneak into someone else's backyard to go swimming and one of them gets hurt, then the teenagers would be the ones facing charges. Trespassing can lead to jail time and fines, so it is best to avoid it at all costs. 

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