Every year, millions of American children and teens experience all the great outdoors has to offer and more at summer camps. Over the course of these few weeks, good friends are made, adventures had, and a wider appreciation of nature is hopefully formed within each and every camper.
Unfortunately, as thrilling and satisfying as summer camps are, they can also pose serious dangers. Outdoor activities of every kind involve risks of bodily harm, and summer camp activities such as ropes courses and rafting are no exception. In one tragic example, a 17 year-old Eagle Scout was killed when he fell from a zip line at a camp in Idaho. A Scout also died in New Jersey from burns suffered when he was exposed to flammable material that ignited.
Another child, attending a religious summer camp in New York, drowned in a lake after he and his friend crept out of the cabin to go swimming in the early morning hours, having been told this was off-limits. Cases such as these underline the difficulty of establishing liability in summer camp accidents. The institutions are expected to provide an adequate level of supervision and ground rules, but the definition of “adequate” is extremely complicated in outdoors settings in which the parents must generally accept the risk their children are taking.
Summer camp injuries can occur in hundreds of different ways, from falls down rough terrain to slips in a dining hall. The liability of the camp and its staff in each of these cases should be fully considered, especially when the accident involves serious injury or death. If you or someone you love has been affected by a child’s summer camp accident, contact the experienced Stevens Point personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.