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My child attended a winter sports camp and had an accident. Can we sue the camp for causing the accident?

 

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There may be a case, if there was negligence on the part of the camp employees. Under general tort principles in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, an establishment like a sports camp or youth organization may be liable for the negligence of its employees for acts committed in the course and scope of employment.

Without negligence, however, there is no actionable case. This is the principle behind every tort action, including sports accident cases. In addition, even if there was negligence, but no injuries or if the injuries are slight, it might not be constructive to bring a lawsuit.

Negligence in a sports camp setting often occurs due to the following:

  • failure to match a camp attendees by skill level (i.e., pairing beginners with advanced attendees),
  • failure to train employees about proper sports/coaching techniques,
  • use of inappropriate equipment, and
  • negligent supervision of attendees.

Depending on where the camp was held, the state's laws regarding waivers/releases may bar the case. It is important to speak to a sports accident lawyer as soon as possible.

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Pennsylvania & New Jersey Child Sports Accident Lawyer

If your child was injured as a result of playing winter sports, contact a sports accident and injury lawyer to discuss your legal rights. Dan O'Brien is a lifelong athlete and youth/child sports coach. He has a keen understanding of sports accidents and offers free consultations. 877.944.8396

**DISCLAIMER: This website does not provide any legal advice or create any attorney-client relationship. Each case is unique and requires review by a qualified attorney. Discussion of prior outcomes or results is no guarantee of the same or similar outcomes in current or future cases.


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