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Pool Safety and Liability

Summer is a time of fun and relaxation for many families. However, all too often, these happy times are ruined for the family of an individual who is injured or killed in an accident involving a swimming pool.

Swimming pools can be excellent sources of relaxation and exercise, especially during the hot summer months, but there are serious risks associated with pools that need to be understood so that you and your loved ones can stay happy and safe.

Design Errors / Faulty Products

Sometimes the design of a pool itself, or of its components, may be a danger for people swimming or playing near the pool. Examples of this may include:

  • A pool where you cannot distinguish the deep end from the shallow end
  • A faulty sump pump or light that shorts and may cause electrocution
  • Sharp edges or a rigid pool floor that could cut hands and/or feet

If there is a problem with the design of the pool or with one of its parts, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for any damages.


Injuries and deaths that occur in swimming pools could have been prevented with just a little more attention. If you have a pool in your backyard, you may be held liable for any injuries that other individuals sustain while on your property.

Ways to avoid this include:

  • Carefully monitoring children while they are in your yard
  • Keeping the gate to the pool locked when you cannot be present so that no one enters the pool unsupervised
  • Posting signs around the area informing people of possible dangers
  • Discouraging dangerous activities (i.e. Diving in a shallow pool or running near the pool)

Poor Maintenance

If a product is dangerous / faulty when you receive it from the manufacturer, they are the liable party should an accident occur. However, if something breaks while you are the owner of it and you fail to properly repair it, you may be held responsible in a premises liability lawsuit.

Examples of poor maintenance that could be a threat to those using your pool may include:

  • Broken pool toys or pool amenities (such as ladders or stairs)
  • Faulty life-saving equipment
  • Broken tiles in or around the pool
  • A fence around the pool that is not securely locked or fastened

Summer should be a fun and carefree time for not only children, but for adults as well. To keep your family and friends safe, and to remain free from legal liabilities associated with pool accidents, take proactive steps to make sure your backyard pool is safe and secure.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a pool-related accident, contact the Sheboygan swimming and diving injuries lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (920) 459-8000.