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10 Most Common Attractive Nuisances

        Culture | Lawsuits

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Manmade Ponds, Lakes and Fountains
Manmade ponds may look enough like the real thing to give children pause when they approach.
Manmade ponds may look enough like the real thing to give children pause when they approach.
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One of the underlying assumptions of the attractive nuisance doctrine is that the dangerous condition in question must be artificial or manmade, therefore natural features such as ponds, lakes and hills are typically exempt from attractive nuisance law.

In many cases, artificial water features benefit from their resemblance to the real thing, as courts have ruled that lakes and ponds -- even artificial ones -- are dangers that children should reasonably understand.

However, courts have tended to side with the minor child in cases involving more industrial water hazards, such as irrigation canals or ponds that form when rainwater collects in an abandoned quarry.


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