Summertime in Illinois is here! Despite COVID-19, cities all over the state are transitioning to phases that will allow summer camps to open for business. Summer camps are the center of a child’s experiences while out of school. Parents put their trust in the camp’s staff to ensure that their child is safe and protected from harm while under their care. However, injuries to children still happen.
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The Center for Disease Control and prevention reported:
The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reported these summer camp related statistics:
According to MFASCO Health & Safety, the most common summer camp injuries are:
Here are a few suggestions on how to keep your child safe during summer camp:
This is not an exhaustive list but can be a starting point for research and conversations that will ensure your child’s safety during summer camp.
This question does not have a simple answer. Most camps have you complete a waiver of liability for your child to participate in the camp. Most waivers include higher-risk activities such as horseback riding or archery. However, if the injury is unrelated to a particular higher-risk activity or the camp failed to provide safety equipment to your child, such as failing to provide a helmet for riding a bike, then the camp and its affiliates may be responsible.
Additionally, should your child become ill or injured because of a third party, such as the company responsible for providing the camp’s maintenance, then that company may be responsible.
In short, discovering who is responsible for your child’s injury at a summer camp can be very complicated. Therefore it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. It’s important to remember that camps are businesses that would hope to avoid claims and lawsuits. So, it is important to thoroughly read any waiver of liability forms presented for your child to participate in the summer camp.
Should your child become ill or injured during camp and you have questions concerning who may be responsible, feel free to contact us at 312-223-1700 for a free consultation.