Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time with friends and loved ones. While it should be relaxing and safe, camping can be dangerous and lead to serious injuries or death.
Not every camping injury will lead to a recovery of money. It largely depends upon how the injury occurred, whether the injury is serious or not, or if the person’s own conduct contributed to the injury. Though many people may assume that a majority of camping accidents happen because of nature and there’s no way to prevent them, oftentimes campers can get hurt because someone else was negligent, and/or failed to make sure the campsite or campground was in the safest condition possible
Many campgrounds are operated by state agencies or private companies who are responsible for maintaining safe campgrounds. This includes adequate protocols to ensure safe trails, facilities, equipment, warning signs and proper supervision of campers. After an injury occurs it is important to determine who is at fault for the injury.
Depending on the type of campground there can be more than one entity responsible, including a government agency. An injured camper must act quickly to ensure their legal rights are protected. There are certain laws called statutes of limitations which require a person to bring a claim within a specified time frame. If they don’t, they will lose their claim. In the case of a claim against a government agency, the time frame is only six months.
If you or someone you know has recently suffered an injury at a campsite, call our experienced attorneys for a free case evaluation.