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What happens if your child's hurt during rock climbing class?

When you send your child to a class, you expect the instructor to know how to keep him or her safe. This is especially true of classes where your child could easily get hurt, like in rock climbing courses.

Climbing is a great skill to have, especially around where you live. However, this sport can be very dangerous for the inexperienced if there aren't people there to help keep them safe. Many injuries are a result of impacts against rocks or indoor rock walls, but others occur due to overuse of the tendons, muscles or joints. It's also common to see injuries from falls or collisions with other climbers in this sport.

If your child goes rock climbing, indoors or out, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First, if your child complains about a fall, impact or other accident, you need to talk to the instructor about what happened. If your child wasn't wearing climbing gear correctly or wasn't being monitored, that's a problem.Next, if your child is badly hurt due to equipment that snaps or is not sized properly for him or her, it's time to look at your contract. In most cases, negligence isn't covered by a contract. That means that injuries that happen because of a coach's errors could be compensable.

Finally, remember that keeping all your documents together can help when you're deciding if you want to make a claim. Not all injuries require a lawsuit to obtain compensation, but with your documents in order, it's easier to file one if you need to.

Source: Training for Climbing, "Youth Climbing Injuries (and Prevention)," Eric Horst, accessed April 06, 2018

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