Above Ground Pool Accidents: The Pool Owner’s Responsibility

After having their own family car, having a swimming pool right in their own backyard is the next best thing for many American families. Besides ensuring great time for kids, pools make family bonding more fun and worthwhile. Thus, despite the failure to have their own custom pool constructed, many families still try to get the next best thing: an above-ground pool.

An above-ground swimming pool is usually designed as an inflatable structure, which is able to keep its shape when filled with water, or a vinyl liner attached to metal frames. This is the easiest (and the cheapest) kind of pool to build that even the person who bought it can assemble it by himself/herself. It can also be disassembled, making it easy to be moved to another location and, like any custom pool, it’s very tempting to dip into, especially during the hot summer months. But just as a custom pool can be a cause of accidents, so too can an above-ground swimming pool.

The advantage of being able to set up an above-ground pool without needing the help of a professional can also backfire and turn to be a disadvantage itself. Improper installation is the usual consequence of a do-it-yourself installation, which happens to be one of the most common causes of above-ground pool accidents. Some of the other causes of accidents include overcrowding, raucous behavior inside the pool, failure to anchor the pool properly, placing the pool on uneven ground, and holes or tears that can make the pool collapse.

Many think that the worst effect a collapsing pool could only be possible minor bruises. On the contrary, many have resulted to back injuries, lacerations, head injuries and fractures to the skull, based on cases reported. It is also a fact that the larger the pool is, the more serious the injury may be sustained if it collapses and the ones most prone to serious injuries are kids, of course.

Adding to the frustration of a collapsed pool is the possible worry of legal consequences if the person injured is a friend’s or a neighbor’s kid. An injured victim (or his/her family on his/her behalf) has the option to pursue legal action for the compensation that will cover medical expenses among others. While a pool may be a source of real fun, its owner is primarily responsible and liable for whatever happens in it or because of it.