For many youths, summertime means no school and extra time to hang out with friends. In places with hot climates, like Las Vegas, heading to the swimming pool can be a child’s best bet for summer fun. However, while swimming can be an enjoyable activity, without safety precautions and proper supervision, a swimming pool can become a dangerous place.
Recently, swimming pools have claimed the life of one Las Vegas teen and left one hospitalized. Last weekend, a 13-year-old boy was found unconscious in a swimming pool at an apartment. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died of complications from drowning and CPR after the accident. He was found at about 11 p.m., though there is no indication of how long he was in the pool. His death was determined to be accidental.
Just two days later, a 16-year-old boy was found in a backyard swimming pool. He is in critical condition in the hospital. Both accidents are under investigation by the Abuse and Neglect Detail of Las Vegas Metro police.
When an accident occurs on the property owned by a third party, that property owner could have legal responsibility. This is most often seen with slip and fall cases, though many types of accidents and injuries may give rise to premises liability, depending on the legal status of the visitor, the nature of the activity and the condition of the property.
People who are lawfully on the property, such as customers of a store or social guests in an apartment or home, are treated differently under the law than trespassers. For guests and visitors, the property owner generally must exercise reasonable care for their safety, such as by inspecting the property for dangerous conditions and repairing or posting warnings.
Source: lasveagssun.com, “Vegas teen drowns in 2nd pool accident in 3 days,” June 10, 2013