In the city of Pensacola, any owner of a pool has a duty of care to the general public that the pool is free from hazard. People must be protected from slips and falls and entry into the area of the pool. When proper precautions are put into place, drowning accidents are less likely. When a property owner does not take the proper precautions, drowning accidents can occur.
When a loved one dies as the result of a pool drowning, the family has the right to seek compensation in civil court. There are several instances in which a family may seek compensation.
- Private Pool: When a person drowns in someone’s home pool, it is a premises liability case. The family must show that the homeowner was negligent in protecting the pool and that this lack of protection led to the accident.
- Commercial Pool: When a person drowns in a pool owned by a business, like an apartment complex or hotel, the business owner could be held liable. These people are held to a very high standard when it comes to protecting their pools.
- Waterparks: Because a waterpark makes a profit off of people enjoying its pools, they are held to the highest duty of care.
- Product Liability: In some case, products designed to operate a pool malfunction, causing a drowning death. In these cases, the manufacturer of the item can be held liable for a drowning death.
If a loved one has been killed in a pool drowning accident, reach out to an experienced premise liability attorney for assistance.