As the summer season begins to approach, many people are becoming excited about opening their pool for the summer. While it is a fun and exciting amenity to have, it is important to remember that pools can be dangerous if they are not properly taken care of and are not up to the proper state standards. This can unfortunately result in swimming pool accidents and drownings due to negligence. Continue reading below to learn more about how to prevent this and contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney if you or a loved one was harmed in a swimming pool accident.
New Jersey Swimming Pool Laws
In response to the alarming statistics of swimming pool accidents, New Jersey enacted Willian’s Law. This requires residential pool owners to meet certain standards in order to ensure the safety of others who come onto their property. This is done through the following provisions.
- Pools must be entirely enclosed by a barrier, wall, or fence that is at least 5 feet tall. The barrier shall not be able to fit a spherical object that is four inches in diameter through any openings.
- The barrier must be secured by a padlock or similar locking device that has a latch located at least 54 inches above the ground.
Pool owners who do not follow these laws can face a disorderly persons offense. This offense can be redacted if they make a good faith effort to remedy the issue within 45 days.
Additional Safety Precautions
Pool owners can also keep their grounds safe from accidents by following these additional safety precautions:
- Do not leave a child unattended in the water or near it
- If the pool is deep and people are not able to stand, make sure they are capable swimmers before letting them in the pool
- Stay away from drains and be sure pools have drain covers
- Install proper barriers, covers, alarms, and fencing on and around the pool
- Stow away any portable ladders when the pool is not being used. Children who cannot swim are often attracted to pools and removing ladders can prevent them from climbing into the pool and harming themselves.
- Pool owners may wish to know how to perform CPR just in case someone is drowning
- Always swim sober
- Avoid electrocution by prohibiting electronic devices near the poor
- Let swimmers know where there are shallow areas where they cannot dive
Recovering Compensation for Swimming Pool Accidents
If a pool owner does not take care of their property and an accident occurs, causing injuries or death, they can be held liable for negligence. Injured parties or the loved ones of a deceased individual who want to pursue legal action against a pool owner must prove negligence by showing their actions directly caused the accident. This can be done with evidence such as pictures or videos of the pool, medical documentation of any injuries, and witnesses to the incident.
Contact our Firm
We understand the implications of a serious accident. If you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are more than willing to help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928.