A viewer is nervous that someone may drown in his backyard swimming pool. How can he protect himself from getting sued? Premises liability attorneys Greg Fellerman and Molly Clark know what to do.
Dave Kuharchik: It is time for “The Law & You.” Back with us tonight, here on The Virtual Law Center, we have attorney Greg Fellerman and attorney Molly Clark, who’s here for Ed. Good to see you both tonight.
Molly Clark: Good to see you.
Dave: So it’s like the heart of the summer season and our question tonight relates to the swimming pool and, of course, liability concerns. Tim in Scranton says, “I have a swimming pool in my backyard and I am worried about someone drowning. What should I do to protect myself form getting sued?” Molly, that’s a valid concern.
Molly: Yeah it’s definitely a valid concern. The first thing you would need to do is certainly put up a fence. If you don’t have a fence you could get in a lot of trouble. People could get into the pool, obviously, a lot easier. In addition to be worried about the fence, you need to worry about the area around the pool -what type of concrete you have and make sure you have a finish on it so it’s not slippery so that you could prevent slip and falls as well as the drowning you’re concerned about. Other than that, I’m not sure what else you could do there then be there all the time which is next to impossible.
Greg: Sometimes they use those infant fences so there’s fences then theirs infant fences. Make sure you notify your insurance that you have a pool. Sometimes people don’t know and that’s a separate risk. It’s part of your property, but you need to let them know and make sure you’re insured adequately because if something does happen, you want to make sure you have the proper coverage because that’s when you always look for your insurance.
Dave: These are things you don’t always think about.
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