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Injuries to Children at Summer Camps in Florida

childrenMany children attend summer camps to learn new things, make friends, and have a good time. Summer camp activities will often include things like gymnastics, sailing, boating, and other sports. When you send your child to a summer camp, you expect them to be safe. If your child has been injured while away at a summer camp, it is important to seek the help and guidance of a Miami injury attorney who can thoroughly analyze the facts of the case. Summer camp accidents can be tricky, since most summer camps require parents to sign some type of release or waiver. We can meticulously examine a waiver and let you know about your rights and options.

Summer camp injuries can take many forms, including physical injuries, bus accident injuries, food poisoning, food allergies, sexual abuse, and drowning. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, and there could be many others as well.

If your child was injured while at a camp, you may be able to seek compensation for your child’s harm. Whether the summer camp is liable usually will depend on whether or not the camp acted in a reasonable and timely manner. For example, if your child is injured because he or she fell off a bridge that the summer camp knew or should have known was broken or in disrepair, the summer camp will likely be liable for your child’s resulting harm. This is because the summer camp had a duty to provide your child with a safe environment and make sure there were no dangerous conditions on the property. In such a scenario, a premises liability claim would be appropriate. These claims are rooted in the theory of negligence. Most claims against a summer camp will be rooted in the theory of negligence, although other causes of actions may be appropriate in certain situations.

In order to establish a negligence claim against a summer camp, four elements must be shown:  duty, breach, causation, and damages. Duty refers to the obligation of the summer camp to exercise reasonable care. Breach is when the summer camp fails to use reasonable care. The breach must have been a direct cause of the child’s harm, and the child must have suffered quantifiable damages. Once all of these elements are established, a plaintiff may be able to recover damages.

Damages that a plaintiff will typically be able to recover in a personal injury case include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and more. The exact amount of compensation will vary in each case according to the specific circumstances of that case.

Summer camps are a great way to keep your children busy and active during the summer. However, the sad reality is that children are often hurt at summer camps. If your child was injured by a summer camp’s negligence, it is important to act quickly. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami premises liability attorney can review the details of your case and determine your potential damages. We proudly represent clients throughout South Florida. For more information, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.

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