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Responsibility for a Private Swimming Pool or Hot Tub Accident in Illinois

Question: Who can be held responsible for a private swimming pool or hot tub accident? Answer: Among those who may be held responsible are the property owner, a private business, a pool equipment manufacturer, a state or local government entity, and even a pool maintenance person. To reduce the risk of a lawsuit, pool or hot tub owners should use adequate safety equipment, including pool or tub covers. Also, children should never be left to use these facilities unsupervised. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to