Summer camp is a great experience for many kids. It gives them a place to socialize, make new friends, and experience new things. Unfortunately, sometimes summer camp leads to injuries. According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Injury and Research and Policy, Summer Camp Safety:
- Summer camp injuries happen most often during scheduled camp activities that are supervised.
- The risk of injury increases when camp lasts for 14 days or longer.
Certainly the rang of potential injuries to your child varies wildly. Was your child injured at summer camp? If so, the camp or other parties may be responsible for the injuries. You and your child may have a right to recovery for the injuries they suffered due to the negligence or other malfeasance of someone else.
Who is responsible for my child’s injuries?
Generally speaking, the camp is responsible for keeping your child reasonably safe. The camp owes a duty to you and your child to minimize injury risks and ensure its premise is safe for the children. When a camp fails to meet its duties and your child is injured as a result, you may have an action against the camp to recover for your child’s injuries, including the cost of medical bills and other damages.
The camp further has a duty to ensure its staff is properly trained and are appropriate people to hire to work with children. Typically anyone working with children must pass an extensive background check. If your child was injured due to inadequate or improper training of camp personal, you may have a claim against the camp for your child’s injuries. Similarly, if your child was inappropriately touched or a victim of abuse, you may have a claim against the camp and camp personnel for your child’s injuries.
Common Summer Camp Injuries and Their Causes:
- Broken bones.
- Strains and sprains.
- Injury during transportation to or from camp activities.
- Failure to use proper safety equipment or inadequate safety equipment provided.
- Inadequate training of camp counselors or other camp personnel.
- Injuries caused due to the camper-counselor ratio being inadequate for safety.
- Failure of the camp to properly handle an emergency or other medical issue.
What To Do If Your Child Was Injured At Summer Camp
If your child was injured at summer camp, we encourage you to consult with a personal injury attorney to evaluate your case.
Not all injuries a child sustains at camp are due to the negligence or other failure on the part of the camp or its personnel; however, it is not uncommon that fault lies with the camp and its actions or failure to act. Whether the camp is responsible will depend on the specifics facts of your situation.
If your child was injured at summer camp, call the personal injury attorneys of Miller Lathrop right now (402) 558-4900 for a free consultation. Together we will review the specifics of and the extent of your child’s injuries and determine the best course of action. We are highly experienced, skilled, and compassionate advocates for our clients. We’re dedicated to making a difference in the life of each person we represent. Combined our attorneys of Miller Lathrop have more than 50-years of successful personal injury advocacy that is demonstrated by numerous testimonials.
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