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Common examples of negligence in swimming pool accidents

Swimming pool parties are a very popular activity for children in the summer months. While they can be enjoyed safely and can be a great form of exercise, injuries and accidents sadly occur in Connecticut swimming pools every year.

This is why it is important to be extremely cautious in regard to safety before allowing your child to go to a pool party. If your child had a negative experience at a pool party and suffered injuries, it is important that you understand how to make a legal claim.

By taking action, you will hold the liable parties responsible for their negligent actions and prevent such incidents from occurring again. The following are some common examples of negligent behavior that lead up to children's pool accidents. You may be able to use one or several of these as part of your claim.

The supervising adults were consuming alcohol

All pool parties involving young children should have a designated supervisor who is on duty at all times. This adult should not be under the influence of alcohol when fulfilling this duty, because this can lead them to lose concentration, or to act inefficiently if a child does become in danger. If you can show that your child suffered damages because the responsible adults were intoxicated, you will likely have a successful personal injury claim.

The children were not supervised

If the children were not supervised by a responsible adult, even for a few minutes, this is extremely negligent. Drowning accidents can only take a matter of seconds to occur, and the dangers of swimming pools should never be underestimated.

The swimming pool fence was not secured

If children are left to play in a garden that has a swimming pool and they are unattended, the swimming pool should have a secure fence around it to prevent children from gaining access to it. If your child gained access to a pool because it was not secured properly, and if they injured themselves as a result, you may be able to make a claim against the premises owner.

It is important that you fully understand premises liability laws in Connecticut before taking action. Make sure that you get justice for your injured child by not accepting negligent behavior.

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