A tragic pool accident claimed the life of a young boy earlier this month, spurring safety experts to reiterate warnings about backyard pools. The 4-year-old was discovered unresponsive in a New Jersey pool moments before EMTs were summoned. The boy was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital but could not be saved. This is a tragedy that plays out all too often in the summer season here in the greater New York area.
In the hot summer months, New Yorkers flock to pools by the thousands to beat the heat. But those summer oases can be deadly traps—especially for young children. Sadly, every year there are a handful of deadly pool accidents in New York City and even more near-drowning incidents that can have lifelong consequences.
While most commercially operated swimming pools in New York (such as those at parks and in hotels) are required to have lifeguards on duty, there is no such requirement for personally-owned pools on private property. However, there are several requirements that must be followed by all pool owners in the city—including homeowners. That’s because pools are considered to be inherently dangerous which attract innocent victims and therefore must have both active and passive protection in place. These protective measures include fencing (with child-proof gate latches) and pool alarms.
These regulations even apply to temporary pools and hot tubs or backyard spas. If a victim is injured in a drowning or near-drowning accident in a pool that is not protected with these measures, the owner or operator of that pool could be held liable for any injuries that are suffered.
Demonstrating liability in a court of law after a pool accident can be difficult. That’s why it’s a good idea to contact an experienced pool accident attorney in New York City as soon as you are able. The legal team at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel will navigate the complex legal path to a financial recovery to insure you get the compensation you deserve. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.