Swimming Pools

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning.  Of these, two are children under the age of 14.  There is a reason most local pools and YMCA's require children to pass swim tests and mark them accordingly; failure to do so may hold that facility responsible if a child drowns or almost drowns but suffers injuries from the oxygen deprivation to the brain.

Both public and private pools are an enjoyable means of relaxation during the hot Iowa summer months.  However, when children are not properly supervised or when public or private pool facilities do not follow local or national safety standards, tragic consequences can and do follow.  Valid causes of action may arise from a facilities failure to properly train their employees; failure to supervise partiicpants; failure to inspect or ensure equipment  is in good working order; and even failure to properly respond to a particular situation.

Private pool owners may also be held legally responible for drowning incidents that occur in their pools.  Just like public pools, country clubs, water parks and other commercial facilities, private pool owners are required by law to exercise reasonable care.  There are times where a pool owner's failure to take a proactive approach can also result in liability for injuries.  Pools may be classified at times as something called an "attractive nuisance."  In those circumstances, the owner has a duty to take precautionary measures to ensure that curious children are not put in unreasonable danger based simply on their innate curiousity.

GRL Law is passionate about watersports but is equally passionate about the safety of all those who participate in these activities.  We are standing by willing and able to help survivors and families who have suffered tragedy as a result of water sport related accidents.

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