How Camping Could Kill You!
I’m David Holub, an attorney focusing on personal injury law in northwest Indiana.
Welcome to Personal Injury Primer, where we break down the law into simple terms, provide legal tips, and discuss topics related to personal injury law.
Today’s question comes from listener who said “our family is thinking about going camping, what would be our legal rights if one of us gets injured while camping?”
Each year, many people look forward to vacations and holidays spent camping in the great outdoors.
However, camping adventures can quickly turn dangerous and result in serious camping injuries or even death.
Whether at a nearby campground or a state or national park, there are certain laws that may be applicable to hold the camp or campground owner liable for injuries if the owner knew or should have known about a particular dangerous condition on the property that caused your injury.
For example, an owner could be liable for poorly maintained trails or facilities that have become dangerous.
Another example, some people have been injured or killed by a dead or rotting tree or tree branch falling on them.
Additionally, if the property owner failed to adequately warn campers of possible hazards, they could be held liable.
However, not every type of camping injury is compensable—you can only recover compensatory damages when someone else’s negligence or recklessness is the cause of your injury, and if the law permits recovery and does not immunize the wrongdoer. – Keep in mind as we have discussed in other podcasts most government run camping facilities will be immune from liability and/or their liability will be capped.
In addition to problems with the campground or park not being safely maintained, injuries can result from defective camping equipment and tools.
For example, people have been injured by defective propane lanterns, portable heaters, flammable tents and sleeping bags, as well as by malfunctioning climbing gear.
I hope you found this information helpful. If you have questions about your legal rights if you get hurt due to the carelessness of another person, or as a result of substandard medical care, or due to a product defect, construction injury, or any other type of personal injury, please give us a call at (219) 736-9700. You can also learn more about us by visiting our website at DavidHolubLaw.com – while there make sure you request a copy of our book “Fighting for Truth”.