During July and August, thousands of children will head to summer camps throughout Illinois. Some of those children will suffer serious injuries. You can help protect your child. Before you kiss your child goodbye, read over this list of safety tips from our Bloomington personal injury lawyers.
Before you choose a camp:
- Check the camp’s accreditation. Sleep-away camps should be accredited by the American Camp Association.
- Check that the staff is First Aid and CPR certified. Ask if counselors are trained in spotting bullying and sex abuse. Ask about the camp’s reporting policies.
- Check out the camp. Make sure that the cabins and common areas are well maintained and that equipment is in good shape.
Before your child leaves for camp:
- Fill out the emergency contact form completely. Make sure you provide information for at least one backup contact person. If you cannot be reached, someone will be available to help your child.
- If your child has allergies, make sure the camp director and counselors know about those allergies. Send any necessary medications or EpiPens and written instructions detailing what should be done if your child suffers an allergic reaction.
- Talk to your child about inappropriate touching. Let your child know that it is okay to talk to you, no matter what.
If your child suffers an Illinois camp injury:
- Ask for a written accident report detailing what happened.
- Ask for the names of any witnesses.
- Report any suspected abuse. It is the police department’s job to determine if abuse actually occurred.
- Determine who is liable for your child’s injuries. Make sure that you didn’t sign away your rights when you signed the camp waiver forms. The Bloomington personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham can help. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-800-5678.