Children's curiosity is as natural as their love for lollipops. However, a child’s curiosity can cause serious injuries and even death if the object in which the child is interested is an attractive nuisance.
Defining an Attractive Nuisance
The term attractive nuisance may sound strange to some people. After all, why would a nuisance be considered attractive? However, the term refers to elements of someone’s property that children would find attractive, yet could be potentially dangerous.
An attractive nuisance is an umbrella term covering various elements on someone’s property that children should stay away from in order to prevent injuries. Here are some examples:
- Swimming pools: Most children love to swim, so swimming pools are certainly considered attractive nuisances. It’s not enough to simply tell children to stay away from a pool. The pool should have a fence around it and that fence should have a clasping lock at the least. A property owner can be held liable if a child decides to take a swim and ends up injured or worse.
- Ponds and fountains: These are similar to swimming pools. If you believe that a fountain or pond is a safety hazard, check with the local building codes. Some codes require a fence if the water is more than three inches deep in a pond. Fountains can be a draw for children, especially if there are fish swimming around. A young child can drown in just a few inches of water, so having a pond or a fountain can be a liability.
- Treehouses: No matter how nice the treehouse looks, there is an issue of liability. Children love to climb and a treehouse provides temptation. Children can fall, suffering serous head, neck and back injuries, as well as broken extremities.
- Trampolines: Some home insurance policies don’t even cover trampolines. If your child is injured on someone else’s trampoline, you might find that he or she isn’t covered for medical bills, pain and suffering or more. While keeping kids away from trampolines is the best course of action, you should check to be sure there is netting around the trampoline and that springs are covered.
What to Do If Your Child Is Injured While on an Attractive Nuisance
Some property owners do not take care to make their property safe for visitors, including children, and accidents happen. An experienced attorney can help you seek compensation for your child’s injuries, either through a homeowner’s insurance policy or through litigation in a civil court case.
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