Many people are excited to open their pools to cool off now that summer is in full swing and hot weather is a constant. Even though this can be both a relaxing and fun amenity to have, it is critical that you remember that swimming pools can be hazardous due to certain conditions. It is an unfortunate fact that property owners who are negligent can cause dangerous swimming pool accidents and drownings to occur. Please continue reading for more information on how these accidents may be prevented and contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today if you or a loved one has sustained injuries from a swimming pool accident in Maryland. Here are some questions you may have:
How do you prevent accidents in a Maryland swimming pool?
Property owners are obligated to ensure that their grounds are safe for everyone who enters them, especially if the grounds have a swimming pool. If a pool is not maintained or the owner does not follow proper safety regulations, there are many ways a pool can become dangerous to another person. By implementing the following safety precautions, needless accidents can be avoided:
- Do not leave a child unattended in the water or near it
- If the pool is deep and people are not able to stand, make sure they are capable swimmers before letting them in the pool
- Stay away from drains and be sure pools have drain covers
- Install proper barriers, covers, alarms and fencing on and around the pool
- Stowaway portable ladders when the pool is not in use. Children are often attracted to pools and removing ladders can prevent them from climbing into the pool and hurting themselves.
- Pool owners may want to know CPR in case of drowning
- Always swim sober
- Avoid electrocution by prohibiting electric devices near the pool
- Let swimmers know where there are shallow areas so that people do not dive
- Do not install diving boards in pools that do not have adequate depth
How do you recover compensation for accidents in a Maryland swimming pool?
A pool owner can be held liable for negligence if they do not take the right precautions to maintain safe premises around their pool and an accident happens as a result. Injured parties or their loved ones may pursue legal action against negligent pool owners, so long as they are able to prove negligence. To prove negligence, injured parties or their loved ones must show the pool owner’s behavior and actions directly caused the accident as well as the resultant injuries or death. This can be accomplished through evidence such as pictures or videos of the pool, medical documentation of any injuries, witnesses to the accident and more.
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If you have been charged with a crime or injured by another party’s negligence, contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today.