Does a Fence Around a Pool Mean the Owner Isn’t Liable for Injuries?

For children, swimming pools are both enticing and dangerous. Every year, about 4,000 people drown in swimming pools, and many of them are children. In fact, drowning is the second most common cause of death for children between the ages of one and four. And for every child that dies, another five suffer serious injuries from being submerged in a pool.

In some cases, pool owners can be held financially liable for these injuries and deaths, especially if the incident happened because they failed to properly prevent children from accessing their pool. But what if the owner installed a fence with a gate around the pool? Does that mean they can’t be held liable if a child still manages to get in their pool and drowns?

While fences and gates are important safety measures, they don’t necessarily make pools safe, and they don’t always protect the owner against lawsuits. In this article, we’ll talk about why this is and discuss when a fence is an adequate pool safety measure — and when it isn’t. 

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Does a Wet Floor Sign Mean I Don’t Have a Slip-and-Fall Case?

Maybe you slipped and fell on a wet floor while you were visiting an Oklahoma business or someone’s private property. When you tell someone about it later, they’ll probably ask you one question: “Was there a ‘wet floor’ sign?”

That’s because most people have the idea that a “wet floor” sign is like a magic shield for liability. They think all the owner has to do is put out a yellow plastic sign and their work is done, no matter how slippery or dangerous the floor is.

In reality, things aren’t that simple. If you’ve suffered an injury in a slip-and-fall accident (which is a type of premises liability case) and the owner had a wet floor sign on display, you may have a case and you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

In this article, we’ll talk about how wet floor signs and similar signage affect slip-and-fall cases and whether you can still have a valid case if there was a sign present. 

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Client Testimonial: Slip and Fall Injury

Most people look at slip and fall incidents as relatively minor cases that typically affect the elderly. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Atkins & Markoff client Sarah Richards is a perfect example of how a simple slip and fall can turn into an excruciatingly long recovery period – with costly medical bills. … Read moreClient Testimonial: Slip and Fall Injury

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Premises Liability

Premises Liability Law - Atkins and Markoff - Attorney - Oklahoma

Premises liability claims are quite serious, especially for responsible homeowners. Many people do not realize this, but the moment you enter someone else’s property as either a guest or a customer, the property owner becomes responsible for your safety. The main takeaway from this is that you, as a homeowner, are responsible for maintaining a … Read moreWhat Every Homeowner Should Know About Premises Liability