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Friday, July 31, 2015
What If Your Child Is Injured at Camp?
According to the American Camp
Association (ACA)1summer camps bring in an estimated 15 billion
dollars every year. While both day camps and sleep-away camps can be highly
rewarding experiences for children, sending your child to camp puts your child
at risk of several types of serious injuries. Camps should always maintain the
highest safety standards possible for children and, when they fail to do so, you
may be able to recover financially for certain injuries suffered by your child.
The following are some of the most common injuries sustained by children at
Burns – One of the most symbolic parts of the camp
experience is the campfire. Campers not only gather around a large fire to
roast marshmallows and sing songs, but may also use grills and other types of
flame for cooking, camping, and other activities. Unfortunately, where there is
fire, there is the chance to get burned. Burns from open flames can be serious
and require immediate medical attention. Serious burns may lead to infections
or may require procedures such a skin grafts to repair the damage skin and
tissue. Some burns may lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement. Camps have
the responsibility to teach proper fire safety and closely supervise children
around flames, as well as provide adequate medical attention if a child is
Collisions and falls – Camp involves many different types of activities,
including ropes courses, obstacle courses, trust exercises, playground
equipment, and more. It is possible in all of these activities for kids to fall
down or collide with an object or another camper. While some falls and
collisions simply happen and cannot be prevented, other such accidents occur
due to inadequate supervision during activities or due to counselors who are
not properly trained on certain pieces of equipment or who push kids beyond
their skill or age limits.
Cuts – The ACA reports2 that cuts by knives
or other sharp objects account for 15 to 17 percent of camp injuries. Many
activities may involve sharp objects and it is absolutely imperative that
counselors teach proper knife handling, use, and storage in order to limit the
amount of cuts that occur. If a camp fails to supervise kids using knives or
does not teach proper safety skills, it may be held liable for the injuries to
Brain injuries – With their still developing brains, young children
are particularly susceptible to traumatic brain injuries. Even a slight bump on
the head can result in a concussion and more severe brain injuries can cause
long-lasting symptoms and challenges. Whenever a child is involved in contact
sports, bicycling, or other activities that may lead to a blow to the head,
children need to be provided with adequate safety equipment and supervision.
Additionally, if they do hit their heads, children need immediate medical
attention and should not be allowed to resume activities until cleared by a
Sunburn and heat stroke
– Camps naturally involve spending
a significant amount of time outside in the sun. Camps should always ensure
that campers apply adequate sunscreen or wear clothing with full coverage if
they are susceptible to burning. Serious sunburns can have complications
including allergic reactions and later skin conditions. Additionally,
counselors should always be aware if a child is becoming over-exhausted or dehydrated
in the heat and should not allow them to get to the point of heat stroke.
Assaults – Camps have the duty to hire individuals who are
qualified and safe to be around children. This means that all counselors should
be subject to a background check to ensure they have no history of
inappropriate behavior around children. If a camp negligently hires a dangerous
individuals and that individual assaults a camper, the camp should be held
responsible for all of your child's resulting physical and emotional injuries.
Contact an experienced
premises liability attorney for a free consultation today
If your child suffered
injury at camp and you believe the camp was negligent, you should not hesitate
to discuss a possible case with our skilled Clearwater premises liability
lawyers at Dolman Law Group. Call
today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.
Dolman Law Group 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33756 727-451-6900