This week six teens were hospitalized and another eight suffered symptoms of heat exhaustion. The students were attending Junior ROTC camp in Davie, Florida. The children are said to be ages fourteen to seventeen. They are all expected to recover.
This story should underscore the special duty that we all have to children. It also underscores the need to adequately train those individuals who are working with children on the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion, head injuries, and other less easily-recognizable ailments that children may suffer from.
In this case, chaperones were said to first notice that some of the teens complained of dizziness. It became apparent that the teens had not been drinking enough water in the hot conditions. Heat injuries were sure to ensue. The activities that the students were engaging in such as rappelling, rope and obstacle courses, require that teens drink two canteens of water an hour.
The attorneys of Jones Ward PLC represent families of children who have been injured. If your child has been injured and you would like to speak with an attorney, please call Corey Ann Finn at (502) 882-6000.