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Negligence at Campsites and Campgrounds

The summer months are drawing near, and if your child or someone you know is going away to camp, there are always some important questions to ask to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Corey Andres, a sports/recreation expert who specializes in youth safety, once served as an invaluable witness in a particular sports injury case involving a young mother. At a birthday party which featured a variety of gymnastic equipment, guests were encouraged to use it although sufficient safety procedures and precautions were not in place, and the young mother suffered a brutal leg injury. Corey, working with DaisleyLaw, PLLC (Charlotte, NC), played a crucial role in holding the facility accountable for the young woman’s injuries and literally helping her get back on her feet.

He recently wrote an article, “The Questions to Ask Before Sending your Child to Camp,” which covers ten topics to ensure preparation and safety. These include:

  • What is your staffing ratio? This ratio is the number of staff members to children under their supervision, and many parents may prefer higher ratios (more staff members for children).
  • Do you perform background checks of all staff?
  • How many days of staff training are required? Some parents prefer staff to be as experienced as possible, and it’s never a bad time to ask!

Racetrack camping is another popular summer activity, and race fans should always be mindful of their surroundings when staying on these campgrounds. Last year, a particular case was settled against the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a criminal attack which occurred in a campground directly across from the premises. The assailants, who were intoxicated, entered the campground and started arguing with two race fans before attacking them with knives and clubs.

Following the investigation of both Speedway’s records and the police records, the attorneys of the victims concluded that there was negligence on behalf of the Speedway for failing to exercise “sufficient and reasonable” precautions which likely could have prevented the attack. Ultimately, a civil lawsuit was filed and the case was settled via mediation months later.

If you or a loved one has been injured at a campsite or campground due to the property owner’s negligence, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. We are a Chicago-based injury law firm representing individuals (and their families) who have suffered an injury in an accident. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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