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Can You Sue a Summer Camp if Your Child is Injured?

June 14, 2022
Colson Hicks Eidson

Summer is upon us. This is a time of year when many young children head off to camp for a few weeks.

Summer camp should offer attendees enriching experiences. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the case that children attending summer camp are injured during their stays. Although some accidents resulting in injury to summer camp attendees are random events for which no one is to blame, there are also instances when campers are injured as a result of negligence on the part of the camp’s owners. Injured victims in these circumstances can potentially recover compensation for losses like medical bills by filing claims to collect from the camp’s insurance.

There are a number of potential reasons you may file a claim or lawsuit against a negligent summer camp. The following are among the more common:

Premises liability issues

Although premises liability laws vary from one state to another, in general, they all serve the same purpose: to ensure that the owners and managers of properties are required to take reasonable steps to prevent those with a legal right to be on their properties from being involved in avoidable accidents.

In the context of a summer camp, this means that ownership (and extensions/representatives of ownership, such as employees) must regularly monitor the premises for signs of hazards that could result in slips and falls or other accidents that may leave campers with injuries. If you believe your child was injured because the owners of a summer camp failed to adequately maintain a safe property, review your case with a personal injury attorney to learn more about potential legal options.

Negligent hiring

Summer camp owners must be very diligent when hiring camp counselors and other staff members. Employees of a summer camp are tasked with ensuring that children remain safe and healthy throughout the duration of their stays. Thus, summer camps must prioritize hiring qualified and responsible individuals.

Sometimes, they fail to do so. Those making hiring decisions for summer camps can hire individuals who lack the experience necessary to fulfill their duties. You may be able to recover compensation for medical bills and other such losses if your child was injured because a summer camp counselor or other employee was not qualified to fill their position.

Failure to provide children with adequate safety equipment or training

Many popular summer camp activities can be potentially dangerous if campers are not provided with adequate safety equipment and safety instructions. For example, sports often account for many summer camp activities.

Playing virtually any sport can put a child at risk of being injured if they are not equipped with the necessary gear or if they are not taught to play the sport safely.

Those are just a few examples. None of this is meant to discourage parents from sending their kids off to summer camp. For most campers, the experience is a positive one.

Parents must simply be aware of their legal rights if their children are injured at camp as a result of someone’s negligence. If you believe you have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit against a summer camp due to injuries your child sustained, schedule a consultation with our Florida child injury attorneys at Colson Hicks Eidson to discuss your case. Get started today by contacting us online or calling us at 305-476-7400.

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