Summer Camp Injuries in Connecticut
For parents and their children alike, the end of school and the beginning of summer signals one of the most enjoyable times of the year: the time when kids head off to summer camp. Today’s camps offer a wide range of activities and settings to match the interests and needs of every child, and the experiences build memories that last a lifetime. As much fun and enjoyment as summer camp brings, it can also result in mishaps and accidents. Though the majority of summer camp injuries in Connecticut are nothing more than bumps, bruises, and bad cases of poison ivy, there are unfortunate instances where camps fail in their responsibility to keep children safe and serious damage results. If your child has been hurt at camp and you suspect that it is the result of the staff or owners not paying sufficient attention or exercising their responsibility to the children appropriately, then your child may be entitled to compensation for the damages that they suffered. The personal injury attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are available at your convenience to discuss your child’s circumstances and advise you of your rights.
There are a number of different ways that a camp’s negligence can result in injuries to a child. These include:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Many parents whose children suffer summer camp injuries in Connecticut believe that because they signed a form indemnifying and holding the camp harmless in case of injury that they are unable to file a personal injury lawsuit when their child is injured, but this is not true. The legal system holds that these waivers are only binding in cases of ordinary negligence, but when recklessness or gross negligence causes harm, they do not provide the camp with protection. The camp can still be held liable, particularly when a personal injury lawsuit is being pursued by an experienced, knowledgeable attorney.
Camps can be held liable for injuries under many circumstances, including providing inappropriate or insufficient medical responses to an illness or injury, failing to protect children from traumatic injuries, and for negligent supervision resulting in harm from the failure to protect and monitor the child. Though not every injury that happens will be deemed the camp’s responsibility or will place a camp owner in the position of being financial responsible, when it can be proven that certain elements existed, then a case for liability can be made. Most important is a breach of the camp’s duty to care for the child, as well as proof that this breech was directly responsible for the injury that resulted.
At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we believe that camp should be a wonderful and safe experience for children, and when that is not the case and a child is injured, it is important to look at all of the details to determine where the fault lies. If you believe that your child’s summer camp injury in Connecticut may have been a result of negligence or recklessness on the part of a camp counselor or the camp’s management or ownership, contact our office for a free review of your situation.