It is fair to say that the wide majority of children are excited for school
to end each year so that they can commence summertime fun. Of course the
break, in and of itself, from school is enough reason to celebrate for
most children. However, many children look forward to summer not just
because it is a break from school, but because they look forward to attending
summer camp as they did the previous year or years.
Experienced Poughkeepsie summer camp accident attorneys know that where there is fun, outdoor recreational activities, there is
also the potential for injury. In any case where a child has been injured,
many people reflect upon what could have been done, or should have been
done to prevent the child’s injuries.
The summer camp need not be engaging the children in especially dangerous
activities in order for injury to arise. The children might merely be
hiking for the day. Even in this type of common summer camp activity,
injury can occur if the children are not properly supervised, trained,
and or if the children were allowed to do that which was not appropriate
given their age or skill level. Additionally, the camp counselors may
not have been properly trained to supervise the activity. This can
lead to negligence.
Injuries will happen if these types of factors are present. In fact, roughly
25 percent of all summer camp injuries result in fractures and sprains.
At that point, summer fun is probably over. The child will suffer pain
and suffering; the parents will incur medical costs, lost income if work
is missed, and the money spent on paying for camp attendance will be for
naught if the
child’s injuries prevent a return to summer camp.
You should know that the summer camp owner and or operator can be held
liable for the injuries and losses described above. This is because the
summer camp is responsible for the overall care for the child; the camp
must supervise the child and care for the grounds upon which the children
wander if that property is owned or operated by the camp.
Hiking can be laborious. Some trails are easy; others are of moderate,
and difficult to traverse. Therefore, a certain amount of training and
expertise must be gained before using trails. Additionally, persons charged
with taking others onto the trails must be adequately trained to do so,
and they must properly supervise their charges.
If the camp owns the property, they must make sure to warn of dangers,
patent or latent, or they must repair the unreasonably unsafe condition.
Failing at this duty, the
summer camp can be held liable for the child’s injuries and the parent’s costs attributable to those injuries.
Learn more about how camping accidents can be the result of another’s
negligence in the latest article by our trip and fall attorneys
available by clicking on the link here. If you interested in learning more about hiking statistics and safety tips,
click the available link here. Were you injured on State lands? Then
click here to learn more about the State’s liability in your fall. What about a private park—can
there be liability from the landowner too? Find out in this
blog post available by clicking here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
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throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
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