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Pool owners could be liable for drownings

When the weather in Massachusetts warms up during the summer months, a lot more people decide to go swimming. Every year, a number of people drown in swimming pools that are located at private residences, parks and commercial properties such as hotels. The owner of a property with a pool owes a duty of care to their visitors and may be held liable for a drowning that occurs in their pool.Many people have a misconception that a drowning person will flail in the water and yell out to onlookers for help. In fact, many people who drown make no noise at all as they slip under the water. To prevent drowning, children that are swimming in pools must be watched at all times, and adults must be warned if there is no lifeguard on duty. Because a pool can be an attractive hazard, pool owners are usually expected to have a fence around their pool. If a child trespasses onto a property and drowns in a pool, the pool owner may be liable for the death if there was no fence. When a drowning occurs in a pool that is being watched by a lifeguard, the lifeguard and their employer could be liable for failing to adequately supervise swimmers in the pool.After an accident in a pool, a lawyer may be able to help the injured person file a personal injury claim against the residential or commercial property owner. The owner of a pool may be held liable for injuries and deaths that occur in their pool if they were negligent in their duties to provide pool maintenance and guest supervision.