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Pennsylvania boys suffers wrongful death at camp

Owners of property are responsible for ensuring that anyone entering the premises is safe and does not suffer personal injuries as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition. This means that property owners must regularly inspect their premises and take all necessary measures to properly maintain the safety of their property. Failure to do so can place innocent victims at risk of serious harm and even wrongful death.

One Pennsylvania family is claiming just that. Their 9-year-old boy suffered a wrongful death while he was participating in a three-day nature camp. The camp was run by a Maryland County's environmental center. The boy was among several other fourth and fifth graders studying nature.

While he was at the camp, the weather was such that the wind was very strong. This caused a dead tree to fall where the young boy was standing. The tree struck him down and left him suffering serious personal injuries. He was transported to the hospital, but he died two days later.

His family has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming that the county running the nature camp should be held responsible for premises liability. The family claims that the county should have properly maintained its property to remove the dead tree so that it would not create this hazardous condition. In addition, they argue that the county was negligent in its protection of the safety of this boy, and in fact of all the children, because of the disregard for the extreme weather conditions while the children were at the camp.

Source: The Republic, "Pa. family sues Md. County over death of boy killed when tree fell on him at nature camp," Dec. 7, 2011

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