School’s out for the summer, and even though day camps, playgrounds, the beach, and pool parties are a huge part of outdoor summer fun to Boca Raton children, they also provide the most common dangers for child injuries. Children are off on their summer camp adventures already. Child injuries peak during the summer months in South Florida, mostly because they are not within the structure of daily school life and it’s a time when children are more active. Most camps attempt to keep your kids entertained for the summer with a plethora of outdoor activities, with large groups of campers and sometimes, minimal adult supervision. Florida does not require a one-to-one adult to child ratio.
If your child has had an injury in Boca Raton, instead of taking on legal issues by yourself, your best course of action is to contact a law firm like Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim, that specializes in the area of child injuries. We are accident attorneys renowned for achieving desirable results in child injury litigation lawsuits. You cannot put a price on the value of protecting our children.
Summer Camp Child Injuries: Boca Raton Lawyers
You may need a child injury lawyer from Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim to help you if your child has been involved in and accident at camp. The families of children who suffer serious injuries at camps in South Florida have a legal right to be compensated for their injuries. There must be sufficient evidence that the camp was legally responsible for the incident, and the only way to present a valid claim is to be able to show that the camp was negligent in some manner – and as a result, the accident occurred.
The following is a list of the most common child injuries at summer camps:
- Falls and collisions:Campers are going to fall down; it happens a lot. The CDC found that falling accidents are responsible for over 50% of nonfatal injuries in children. When there are trees, pieces of recreational equipment, or any other high places that kids can climb and jump gravity is always going to be a concern. Campers could also get banged up playing sports or just running outside. These activities usually lead to minor injuries, but they are injuries that need to be dealt with effectively.
- Burns:Where there is a summer camp, there is a campfire, which is why burns account for a large number of summer injuries. When outside, children might not feel the same caution about handling flames as they do when indoors.
- Rashes and bites:Summer camps take place outside and nature comes with some obvious hazards. As campers walk through the brush or foliage, they might be exposed to a plant that irritates their skin or an animal with a dangerous bite. When exposed to outdoor toxins, a camper must be treated immediately, as some of them could be fatal, especially with bee stings and allergic children. Although the rash or bite may not be anyone’s fault, the failure to timely treat can be.
- Cuts: The ACA states that cuts from sharp objects represent about 15% of child injuries at summer camps. Kids who use utility knives for outdoor activities need to be strictly supervised and taught how to handle a knife properly. The consequences for these types of personal accidents for children can be devastating.
Has Your Child been Seriously Injured at Summer Camp? Call Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim
As parents ourselves, we fully understand the pain, anger and worry you’re feeling if your child was hurt due to another person’s negligence, recklessness, or violence. Injuries to children at summer camp are not to be taken lightly. These child injuries can involve complex medical issues, including psychological challenges and even emotional and physical scarring. In some situations, it can involve a tragic accident, a serious injury, or even death of a child. It is important to select a Boca Raton law firm like Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim with experience to expertly handle both the medical and legal complexities of dealing with child injuries.
Parents may recall signing a “waiver” of sorts, that allows your children to engage in certain summer camp activities. It is a general principle of law in the United States that undertaking inherently physical activities at summer camps carry necessary risks, which is why many camps may ask you to sign a waiver of liability for all camp activities. This may mean you waived your right to sue the summer camp for simple negligence stemming from certain summer camp activities. However, you may still be able to sue for “gross negligence” or “recklessness” if the behavior of the summer camp was in violation of certain regulations that resulted in an injury to your child. Also, some of the purported “waivers” are not valid, so we would need to review it to make that determination.
If it’s determined that the camp is liable for your child’s injury, your child may be able to receive monetary compensation for the injuries, including the physical pain and any mental or emotional trauma. In very serious injury cases, claims may be made for future medical treatment and future pain and suffering. For example, if a child sustains an injury that results in a significant, visible scar, there may be an award for future pain and suffering.
While every child injury case is unique, you can be assured that our expert team of child injury specialists will explore every legal option available in order to ensure that your family receives a fair and just compensation if your child has been injured at camp. At Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim, we offer a free consultation and a 24-hour phone line, so don’t hesitate to call us following your child’s injury or accident at school.