A swimming pool owner can be sued if you sustain an injury at the pool because the pool owner failed to provide adequate security. Georgia’s premises liability laws require property owners to take reasonable measures to keep people safe on their property and to prevent foreseeable assaults and attacks.
How to Prove Negligent Security at a Swimming Pool
A negligent security lawyer can help you demonstrate that all four elements of security negligence are present in your case:
- The swimming pool’s owner had a duty toward you.
As long as you were legally on the premises, the company that owned the swimming pool had a legal duty to keep the pool and its approaches safe. The owner must use reasonable measures in this attempt. Examples of people who are on the premises legally include:
- Paying or complimentary guests at the swimming pool
- Pool employees
- Others on the grounds for any legal purpose, like delivering the mail or reading the gas meter
Property owners do not have a legal obligation to take reasonable measures to protect trespassers, but the owners are not allowed to inflict intentional harm on people who are on their premises without permission.
As an example, let’s say that there had been several robberies at gunpoint in the pool’s parking lot. The company that owns the pool must provide reasonable security measures to protect visitors from parking lot robberies in the future.
- The swimming pool owner breached its legal duty.
Since the swimming pool’s owner had a duty to take reasonable measures to keep you safe, if it failed to do so, it violated its duty of care. Breaching one’s legal duty is negligence. Examples of reasonable measures the pool company could have taken to keep visitors safe in the parking lot include:
- Hiring security guards to patrol the parking lot area
- Installing security cameras throughout the parking lot
- Posting warning signs for people who use the parking lot
The swimming pool company may be held negligent if it does not take enough reasonable security measures.
- The swimming pool owner’s negligence caused your injuries.
If the swimming pool owner’s breach of care resulted in your injuries, you may be able to pursue compensation for your damages.
- Adequate security would have prevented the crime.
The law obligates owners to take reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable crimes. If the owner of a swimming pool fails to do so, they can be found legally responsible for injuries resulting from their inaction.
Types of Compensation for Negligent Security Injuries at a Swimming Pool
The swimming pool’s owner can be liable for the losses you suffered if the pool’s negligent security caused you to get hurt. The types of damages available in an injury claim can include:
- Lost income, like wages, salary, self-employment, and other income you missed because of the injury.
- Medical costs. This category can include things like the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgery, doctors, diagnostic testing, medical procedures, physical therapy, and prescription drugs.
- Diminished earnings, which provide compensation if you cannot make as much money after the incident as you could beforehand.
- Rehabilitation and long-term care. You can pursue compensation for the cost of any ongoing daily assistance you require as a result of your injury.
- Intangible losses, which can include things like pain and suffering, disfigurement, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and loss of consortium.
Getting Help for a Swimming Pool Injury from Negligent Security
If you or a loved one were injured after a swimming pool owner failed to take reasonable security measures to protect you from foreseeable harm, you might be eligible to pursue damages for your losses. Call S. Burke Law today at 404-842-7838 for a free consultation. We will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can rebuild your life.