It is July in Georgia, and more and more people are staying at home. If you are fortunate enough to have a swimming pool, your home can be both a popular neighborhood destination and a potential site for tragedy.
In my decades of practicing law, nothing is as heart-rending as the accidental death of a child. Especially if that death could have been avoided.
Let me shoot straight. It is estimated that more than 20 children will drown in home pools this year in our state. Many more will be injured. I have had brain-damaged clients, the most common result of oxygen deprivation, and the costs for their care can amount to millions of dollars.
If you have a pool, here are some action items required by GA law:
- You must have a fence
- Gate latches must swing-out
- The fence can only be so far off the ground
- Alarms must be on doors facing the pool
I also strongly suggest you look at your homeowner’s insurance plan. This is the insurance that will protect you if something goes wrong. Look at the fine print, and don’t assume your standard policy will cover you. This may surprise you, but some insurance companies will exclude pool coverage entirely. If this is the case, you may need to pay for additional insurance. Also, remember that some policies will disallow coverage if you fail to follow any of the government requirements for safety at your pool.
The legal principle for most of this is what is called “attractive nuisance.” That is legal speak for something that will get the attention of, for example, children … and could cause them great harm. An unsupervised pool is just that.
If you suffer a catastrophic injury or suffer a wrongful death, you can talk to us at the Hawk Law Group for free. 706-444-4444. We want to help. We are working remotely and in-person but are always available.
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GA Personal Injury Attorney