Free Consultations | Tap To Call Today: 1.888.625.6265

A case involving a girl who acquired Lyme disease from a tick at a YMCA summer camp has brought the camp into a lawsuit for negligence. The girl’s parents claim that YMCA’s Camp Mohawk, located in Connecticut, is liable for their daughter’s illness, citing the staff’s inability to take proper preventative action as well as monitor her health.

In spite of camp waivers signed by parents to help ensure lawsuits aren’t filed, there are ways to determine if a camp is liable for injury, with help from premises liability lawyers.

Determining Camp Liability

Camps are generally responsible for the safety of campers. Under premises liability, camp staffers are required to take precautions that prevent injury to the best of their abilities. Camps failing to meet safety standards may be held liable for any injuries that children experience, including illnesses such as Lyme disease.

The parents of the 14-year-old girl affected at Camp Mohawk claim that counselors failed to notice a clearly visible tick and seek appropriate medical attention for her once she displayed symptoms. They are seeking $41.7 million in compensation from the camp as a result, with the assistance of a premises liability attorney who secured the same amount for a child affected by Lyme disease during a school trip in China.

Exceptions to Waivers

While a majority of camps have parents sign waivers, the details of each waiver may differ for each camp. Camp Mohawk, for example, states that employees must follow a four-stage protocol that helps prevent the attachment of a tick. If the staff is found to have neglected these precautions, it could prove their liability in this case.

A waiver doesn’t restrict children who have been injured at camps as a result of harmful staff negligence. Parents can take action by first speaking with premises liability attorneys about their case.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
View More Testimonials

Know Your Rights!

Why People Choose Malman Law

You’ll want our experience on your side.
You’ll want your lawyers to be this good.

  • Credibility & Experience

    20,000+ Cases over 25 Years
  • Track Record of Success

    Over $200,000,000 Collected
  • Team of Litigation Lawyers

    Real Courtroom Experience
Need Help
After Hours?

Paralegals Available
24 Hours A Day To
Speak With you

No Matter The Time, We’re Here To Help!
Click to Call Now