Las Vegas Swimming Pool Accident Attorneys
Nevada has a hot and arid climate ideal for swimming. It is no wonder Las
Vegas hotels spend so much time and money designing the perfect pool area
for its guests. Swimming pools are not just for vacationers, however.
Many Nevada residences also have swimming pools, because, let’s
face it, Nevada weather permits swimming and lounging by the pool for
most of the year. Having a swimming pool requires much more than just
a desire to have fun. Homeowners and other pool owners have legal responsibilities
associated with that pool. If, for example, the child of a guest wanders
into the backyard and falls into the pool and drowns or nearly drowns,
the homeowner could be held liable for the child’s injuries or death.
Nevada swimming pool accidents fall under the scope of premises liability
law. If you or a loved one has suffered a swimming pool injury as the
result of a pool owner's negligence, the experienced Las Vegas
premises liability lawyers at Shook & Stone can help you understand your legal rights
and options. Swimming pool accidents can also be an issue of product liability.
For example, certain pool drain covers have been recalled because they
present a drowning hazard. Contact Shook & Stone if you or someone
you love was involved in a swimming pool accident due to pool owner negligence
or unsafe pool drain covers.
Examples of Pool Owner Negligence
Both children and adults are at risk of swimming pool accidents, though
not all swimming pool accidents necessarily occur at private residences.
Any property owner has a responsibility to ensure the safety of visitors
to that property, whether it has a swimming pool or not. In the case of
property owners who do own swimming pools, the following forms of negligence
can increase the risk of a swimming pool accident:
- Broken tiles or other flooring around pool;
- Lack of/insufficient supervision;
- Toys or other items left on the floor surrounding the pool area; and/or
- Unsecured fence/gate around the pool area.
Preventing Nevada Pool Accidents
There are a variety of steps a swimming pool owner may take to ensure the
safety of both adult and child guests/visitors to their property, including:
- Have lifeguards if applicable to your swimming pool property.
- Limit/keep an eye on the amount of alcohol consumption around the swimming
- Purchase at least $1 million in liability insurance.
- Make sure your pool is enclosed by a surrounding fence and a lockable gate.
- Supervise all children around the pool area, whether they are swimming or not.
- Make sure guests supervise their own children.
When to File a Premises Liability Claim
Pool owners, as well as all other property owners/managers in Nevada, are
legally obligated to ensure that their property provides safe conditions
to all guest/visitors. Swimming pool owners must also secure their pool
area against unsupervised and/or unwanted guests. If a homeowner fails
to provide a safe pool area, then he or she may be held liable by any
guest/visitor who suffers injury as the result of a hazardous condition.
The liable owner can be the owner of a water park, recreation facility,
other public facility, or of a private residence.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident in Nevada,
contact an experienced
Las Vegas personal injury lawyer at the law offices of Shook & Stone. We can help you understand your
legal rights as an injured victim and build a strong case on your behalf
in order for you to receive the compensation you deserve from a negligent