Many children attend a day or sleep-away camp during the summer break from school. These camps are monitored by the health department for food service and by other entities for building safety, electrical and fire hazards. However, your child could still become injured while at a camp. If your child is injured at any sort of a camp, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer to represent your child’s interests. Consider these reasons why you should hire a lawyer in this situation.
Even a simple injury such as a broken bone could result in considerable medical expenses for your child. Even if you signed a liability waiver, the operators or owners of the camp may still need to pay for any medical expenses that result from an injury that was caused by negligence, such as a loose step or a missing bolt on a piece of equipment. If the camp was far from home, your child might have been treated at an out-of-network provider. This can further increase your medical expenses. A lawyer may be able to help you recover your costs or have your child’s bills paid by the camp directly.
Some injuries will result in the need for physical therapy in order for there to be a complete recovery. This is especially true in children who are still growing. For example, a broken ankle at the growth plate could result in the need for surgery and physical therapy to recover strength and the range of motion. Regular physical therapy sessions can be expensive. Insurance may limit the number of sessions that your child can receive under your benefits plan. A lawyer may be able to help you secure the physical therapy services that your child needs in order to enjoy a complete recovery from an injury at summer camp.
Some injuries can have lasting consequences. If your child is not able to make a complete recovery from an injury at summer camp, he or she may need to apply for disability services. A personal injury attorney can help a child to receive disability services and equipment, such as a wheel chair, prosthetic or a placard for the family car to park in a handicap-accessible parking space. A personal injury lawyer may also be able to help a child to receive a disability status for special assistance at school, such as accommodations in the classroom after a brain injury. To learn more, please visit the Preszler Law Firm website.