According to statistics, there are over 12,000 summer camps in operation across the United States, including 5,000 day camps and 7,000 overnight camps. The summer camp industry makes a profit of more than $15 million a year. Over 6 million children in the country participate in some form of camp, whether it is day camp or sleep-away camp. 1.5 million people are employed as summer camp staff each year.
Common Questions about Summer Camp Accidents
Here is a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about summer camp accidents and injuries:
Q1: What should I do if my child is injured while hiking or overnight camping?
A: When going on a simple hike or an overnight camping excursion, you know that there are certain liabilities and risks that come with trekking in the wilderness. Generally, most people only anticipate risks that are foreseeable, such as sunburns, bug bites, poison oak and dehydration. But you should be aware of many other accidents that can take place.
If your child was injured on a camp outing, you should consult a personal injury lawyer in New York who can determine if the summer camp your child went to had a duty of care, if that duty was breached and if your child’s injury was directly caused by that breach. If you can prove these, you can take legal action against the camp on grounds of negligence.
Q2: My child suffered serious injury after slipping and falling at a pool at a summer camp. Can I sue the camp?
A: The scenario mentioned above applies to a slip and fall injury at a poolside. If you want to win your claim, you need to prove to the courts that the camp had a duty of care that it breached, causing your child’s injury and significant loss to your family. This is why you should hire an experienced New York personal injury lawyer to help navigate the complex process of your case and win it.
Q3: Can you legally enforce summer camp waivers?
A: One of the first documents that camps give you to sign when you enroll your child is a waiver. This is an attempt to alleviate as much responsibility and liability for accidents and injuries to children as possible. In some cases, you can legally enforce these waivers, but bear in mind that depending on the circumstances of your case, they have their limits.
Legal Help in New York for Summer Camp Accidents
If you or a loved one’s child suffered serious injury in a summer camp accident caused by negligence, you should immediately get in touch with the reliable personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
Summer camps can be fun but they can also be your worst nightmare. You do not want to receive that phone call but if you do you need to be ready and think clearly. Hollering at the summer camp managers is probably futile and screaming at the hospital staff is certainly pointless and not helpful.
You need legal help and this is where RMFW Law comes into the picture. You need to call us! We charge you nothing up front and we know how to win cases. What really happened? What is your side of the story? RMFW Law looks forward to hearing from you.