Abuse at Camps, Schools, and Treatment Centers
Summer camps and day camps take on a significant responsibility when they offer programs for children. Camp staff must use reasonable care to prevent injury to campers. Injury may result from dangerous conditions at the camp that have not been corrected or sectioned off with the appropriate warnings. Camps must also use reasonable care when hiring and supervising employees, so employees do not abuse or injure campers. Finally, camps must properly supervise campers so that no child is assaulted or accidentally injured by a campmate.
Despite these responsibilities, some camps hire counselors and counselors-in-training without providing the training new staff need to prevent abuse or injury or to respond to suspicion of abuse or injury. Camps must train employees, counselors, and volunteers in preventing injuries, performing basic first aid, and preventing and recognizing abuse. Camps that don’t provide this training or properly supervise trained employees fail to live up to their duties to campers and expose campers to serious risks.
Whenever an injury occurs at camp, it is important to carefully investigate the facts. Doing so allows an injured person to assert claims properly against all responsible parties. In order to succeed on these claims, an injured person needs a knowledgeable and careful presentation of the facts and law. The Kocian Law Group can present any camp case skillfully and carefully to obtain the best result possible. The Kocian Law Group represents children injured at residential or day camps, and we can help you secure the compensation you need.
If your child is injured at camp, obtaining legal counsel as soon as possible will help you preserve your legal rights, document the facts, and present the claim properly from the outset. Claims that involve children under 18 also involve unique legal issues. For instance, you may be required to obtain settlement authority from the probate court and to arrange for the proper and legal disposition of the settlement funds. Retaining legal counsel to investigate, present, and litigate cases involving injuries in a camp setting is essential. The Kocian Law Group will also navigate complex probate court rules and forms on your behalf.
Injuries in a camp environment can take many forms, including fall-down accidents, injuries on play equipment, injuries during recreational activities, drowning or near-drowning, burns, exposure, abuse, failure to supervise other campers, bullying, and car accidents during transport of campers. In addition to seeking compensation through a lawsuit, you may need to secure insurance coverage to pay for necessary medical expenses immediately. The Kocian Law Group can help you file necessary insurance claims as well as seek compensation for camp-related injuries. The Kocian Law Group accepts cases for injuries at camp on a contingent fee basis, which means there are no legal fees unless we recover money for you.
Contact The Kocian Law Group for Legal Assistance in a Camp-Related Accident
The experienced attorneys at the Kocian Law Group can skillfully prosecute claims against camps for injuries to campers, whether children or adults. We present the claims necessary to obtain payment of medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering, or compensation for loss of life and the enjoyment of life. If you or your child has suffered injuries in a camp-related accident or incident, please contact us for a free initial consultation.