The heat of the summer may prompt many in Roswell to look for relief by taking a dip in a swimming pool. While pools offer users untold fun and diversion, one cannot overlook the fact that they can also be very dangerous (especially for those that are poor swimmers). Young children in particular are at a heightened risk of suffering injuries (or worse) in swimming pool-related accidents. Indeed, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that of one out of every five people who die from drowning in the U.S. are age 14 or younger. On top of that figure, for every one child that drowns, five more require emergency medical treatment for submersion injuries.
Parents often try to do all that they can to protect their kids from the risks swimming pools pose. A degree of responsibility for their safety, however, also lies with pool owners. This is due to a legal principle known as the attractive nuisance doctrine. The Cornell Law School defines this doctrine as vicarious liability assigned to property owners for injuries caused to young children by features on their properties for which children may not comprehend the dangers that they pose.
The attractive nuisance doctrine was first referred to as "the turntable doctrine" due to the fact that its need first arose from cases where children were injured while playing on or around railroad turntables. Swimming pools have since come to replace these turntables as one of (if not the) most common attractive nuisances. This principle can be invoked even in cases where a child gets in a pool without the owner's permission. The only way for property owners to escape liability is if they take action to prevent children from getting access to the dangerous attractions in their lands.