Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Apr 07, 2010 in Local
With the hot summer months just around the corner, many people of all ages will begin to flock to swimming pools in an attempt to beat the heat that dominates the weather in Arizona during this time of year. While municipal pools present an attractive option for many children, they also present dangers that can lead to tragedy if those who are responsible for the safe keeping of swimmers are not meeting the standards set out by Arizona law. While every summer seems to increase the need for Arizona premises liability lawyers, below you'll find a basic overview of the concept of liability in relation to municipal pool drownings.
In 2007, the President of the United States signed into law a bill that basically set out strict requirements for all pools public and private in nature. This law requires those who own and/or manage pools to install components and equipment designed to prevent swimmers from being sucked into drainage and pump systems. This had become a growing problem in previous years, with countless people seriously injured or killed by drowning when they were trapped in these antiquated pump and drain systems. Any pool that does not have compliant equipment protecting swimmers from this equipment would be considered in violation of federal law.
The United States government has stated that approximately 20 percent of public pool drownings occur with a lifeguard present. While it's certainly difficult to guard against accidents when pools are crowded, that fact does not alleviate the responsibility of municipalities to do everything possible to keep public pools safe. Examples of scenarios that could lead to legal liability include:
Overall, there are additional reasons as to why a municipality could be found liable for a drowning, but the examples above represent common scenarios. However, bringing a legal action against a public entity can be complicated, so if this has happened to someone you love you need the help of a Phoenix personal injury lawyer at Phillips Law Group. Contact the firm today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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