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Question about premises liability

Discussion in 'Accidents, Injuries, Negligence' started by Jack I., Oct 5, 2021.

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  1. Jack I.

    Jack I. Law Topic Starter New Member

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    We have a home with a swimming pool that's easily accessible from multiple rooms. We plan to do a home exchange (swap) with a family with a 6-year-old. Are we liable if the child has a pool accident (or worse)? Is there some type of waiver we should ask the family to sign?
     
  2. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Probably not.

    You have a written sale/purchase/exchange contract (hopefully) that will be signed by all parties? Have an attorney review it to make sure your liability for anything ends at close of escrow.
     
  3. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Are you talking about a deal where you transfer title for your current home to the other people and they transfer title of their current home to you? Or are you talking about a situation where you spend a couple weeks/months in their home and they stay in your home? I initially read your post to mean the latter, but "adjusterjack" seems to have interpreted it as the former, and I don't see anything in your post that makes it clear which of us is correct. The following is based on my interpretation (but would not apply if "adjusterjack's" interpretation is correct):

    Whether you are liable depends on the specific facts and circumstances. If your intent was to ask whether it's possible for you to be liable, the answer is yes.

    You need to make sure you have sufficient insurance coverage in place and that your policy will provide coverage under the circumstances you described.

    There's no harm in doing so. However, while a waiver might allow you to prevail in a lawsuit, it won't stop the lawsuit from being filed in the first place, and the cost of defending against a personal injury lawsuit can be substantial. If you have the right insurance coverage in place, your insurer will pay those costs.
     
  4. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Yes, I can see where the situation could have two interpretations.

    The idea of having somebody, other than me, living in my house for any length of time is so repugnant to me that it didn't even cross my mind.

    :eek:
     
  5. Jack I.

    Jack I. Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Thank you both. I should have been more clear. I'm asking about a situation where you spend a couple weeks/months in their home and they stay in your home. It's not for everyone...
     
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    army judge Super Moderator

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    Are you using your "mind reader" gizmo on me again???

    I concur wholeheartedly.
     
  7. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Then my comments above apply.

    Before you do this, meet with your homeowner's insurance agent and review your coverage.
     
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  8. Jack I.

    Jack I. Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I'm looking into an umbrella policy.
     
  9. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    You may have to modify your primary homeowners insurance for the umbrella liability to follow the coverage of the primary policy.
     
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    Kind of like wife swapping but with real estate.

    Go figure.
     
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  11. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    And your house gets just as tainted. :rolleyes:
     

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