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Summer Camp Waivers - Dangers and Awareness

Steve Wagner

If you’re sending your kids to summer camp this year, there are a few things you need to be aware of when it comes to liability waivers and your child’s safety.

Did you know that not all liability waivers are created equal?

If the camp has not had their liability waivers reviewed by a legal professional, chances are it may not hold up in court. Many of these waivers make broad statements that release the camps from all responsibility, but many times, these don’t hold up in court. Also, you can’t be absolved of responsibility just because you claim you didn’t read the waiver. If you signed it, it’s assumed that you read it.

Camps ARE responsible for the safety of their minor occupants, whether you’ve signed a liability waiver absolving them or not. For example, take the incident of this 14-year-old girl who suffered a tick bite that resulted in Lyme disease. She was examined at the camp, and her injuries were brushed off. She now suffers with debilitating and ongoing illness, still at 17-years-old. Her family has filed a federal case against the YMCA-run camp for $41.7 million.

Our recommendations:

  • Thoroughly read documents before you sign them. If you are unsure of their contents, speak with an attorney.
  • Make sure your child is educated about potential injuries before you send them to camp. If they feel they have been seriously injured, let them know it’s okay to be forceful in their need for assistance, even if they are being brushed off by camp staff.
  • Encourage your children to follow the rules at camp. Tell them to stay in groups, not go off into unsupervised areas, and follow the guidelines with water sources, equipment, and other potential dangers.
  • If your child sustains an injury at a summer camp, contact an attorney upon their return home. Be sure to document the injury through medical professionals.

Contact Wagner Reese – Injury Attorneys

If your child suffered an injury at a summer camp, the attorneys at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you in recovering damages to help cover the costs of medical bills, pain and suffering, and ongoing injury or illness with which your child may be suffering. Call us today at (888) 204-8440.


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