Dolman Law Group is an award winning Clearwater car accident and personal injury law firm. Matthew Dolman has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by his colleagues. Mr. Dolman has been nominated as a top 100 trial attorney and top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocacy Forum.
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
Going to the swimming pool
should be fun and enjoyable. Unfortunately, any time your family is around
water, there is the chance for serious accidents, specifically drowning. Most
drowning accidents end in tragedy and, even more tragically, most drowning
victims are children under the age of 14. Even if a drowning victim survives,
they often suffer brain damage due to oxygen deprivation or due to hitting
their head on the side or bottom of the pool.
Drowning accidents can
leave family facing extensive financial and emotional losses and many families
wonder how they can recover when a loved one drowns in a swimming pool. The
experienced wrongful death lawyers at the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater can
evaluate your case and advise you of your legal options.
Negligent acts of pool
Pool owners—like any other
property owners—have the duty to keep the area in and around the pool safe for
visitors. Unfortunately, too many pool owners fail to uphold this duty and it
leads to drownings and other types of accidents. Some examples of negligent
acts by pool owners can include:
or rough surfaces inside the pool or around the pool edges that could prevent someone from putting their feet down or grabbing the edge.
or debris out that could cause people to trip and fall into the pool.
slippery surfaces around the pool that could cause someone to slip and fall
into the pool.
·Not having the
appropriate depth markers and leading an inadequate swimmer to wander or jump
into water that is too deep for their swimming ability.
necessary “No Diving” warnings when appropriate causing someone to dive into
too shallow water and hit their head on the bottom of the pool.
have a proper barrier surrounding the pool with a self-latching gate, which may
allow small children to wander into the pool area unattended and drown.
properly warning swimmers that there is no lifeguard on duty.
swimmers to have glass containers or other objects that may cause injury.
·Using the incorrect amount of chemicals, expired
chemicals, or otherwise dangerous toxins in the pool that may cause infection
or exposure injuries.
Any of the above dangerous
conditions can lead to serious injuries and often to fatal drowning. Though
pool owners have a lot to inspect and maintain, it is their duty to thoroughly
do so to keep swimmers safe. If they fail to keep the premises in reasonably
safe condition, they can be found negligent and responsible for any injuries or
deaths that result from their negligence.
Wrongful death claims
after a drowning
Tragically, many pool
accidents result in fatal drownings. Suddenly losing a child or another loved
one in a drowning accident is obviously devastating to surviving family
members. Though no amount of financial compensation can ever bring your loved
one back, filing a wrongful death claim can not only help you cover unexpected
expenses related to the death but can also give you a sense of justice by
holding the negligent party liable for their actions.
Florida wrongful death law3
can be complex, however, and has its own deadlines for filing a claim and often
involves unique legal issues. The attorneys at the Dolman Law Group understand
how to apply this law to your case to help you obtain the maximum recovery
possible for your tragic loss.
A qualified Clearwater,
Florida wrongful death attorney can help you
Many people who have
unexpectedly lost a loved one in a drowning accident do not know where to turn.
At the Dolman Law Group, our
wrongful death lawyers understand that you are going through a difficult time
and will guide you through the legal process if you choose to pursue a claim.
We offer free consultations with no obligation, so please call today at
727-451-6900 for assistance.
Dolman Law Group 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33756 727-451-6900
Playgrounds are supposed to be designed as safe places for children to
play without getting injured. Unfortunately that is not always the case.
According to the National Playground Institute over 200,000 playground injuries
are reported each year, nationwide. Of these 45 percent are considered severe.
75 percent happen in public playgrounds such as schools, parks, and daycare
centers. 60 percent of those accidents are caused by falls from playground
equipment. Falls also account for over 80 percent of home playground injuries.
The National Program for Playground Safety created S.A.F.E. which separates
the safety of playgrounds into four separate categories to create and maintain
a safe playground design.
- Supervision –
Lack of adult supervision leads to many serious playground accidents. Children
should be in clear visibility of parents or adult supervisors at all times. The
parents should check the area frequently for dangers of faulty equipment, trip
and fall obstacles and even aggressively behaving children.
- Age appropriate
design – Playgrounds should have separate areas for children from 2 to 5 years
old and 5 through 12.
- Fall Surfacing -
Surfaces that are considered acceptable for placing beneath and around
playground equipment include mulch, sand, rubberized mats and materials, wood
fiber and pea gravel.
- Equipment design
and maintenance – All equipment should not have any loose or unanchored parts,
sharp edges or protrusions and should be functioning properly according to
The Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains a set of standards
which are updated bi-annually.The
Americans with Disabilities Act put forth a standard providing for all children
to have accessibility and the opportunity to play. The American Society for
Testing and Materials (ASTM) has issued a set of quality standards for
Be Diligent for
Assuming that any playground is a safe play haven for kids can be a
critical mistake. Dangers can be lurking anywhere in the form of faulty
equipment, poorly padded surfaces, bullies or understaffed or untrained adult
supervision. Falling from a piece of playground equipment can result in injury
but add to that equation, steel equipment parts and a hard landing surface and
the resulting injury may be critical. Some playground injuries are minor and
part of growing up like bruises and scrapes, but others may be severe or even
grave. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, strangulation and broken
bones are all disturbingly too common on playgrounds.
It is the responsibility of the supervisory team that oversees the
operation of a playground, to be sure that it is safe at all times when
children are or may be present. Florida’s Childcare Standards (F.A.C.
65C-22.003) encompasses playground safety in the list of required courses for
childcare providers. If a child is on a playground where there is a childcare staff
member present, that supervising adult must have passed a course in playground
safety. This Florida Standard is in addition to the abovementioned National standards.
If you have a child that was injured, or even died, while playing at a
public playground, such as a school, daycare or public park, there may be
compensation available. A Florida playground accident attorney will be able to
thoroughly investigate what caused the accident and determine who was at fault.
It could be the equipment manufacturer, the school or daycare, the department
of parks and recreation, a supervisor or even another child who was not
properly supervised by a parent. It takes an experienced playground accident
lawyer to determine the actual facts in these cases. Sometimes the injured
child will not recollect what happened but others may have seen. Children can
make excellent witnesses and the attorney knows this.
The attorneys at Dolman Law Group have the experience and skill to
develop a case when a child is injured on a playground. Do not wait until the
facts become clouded and difficult to find. Contact Dolman Law Group today and
speak with an attorney who really cares about you and your child.