Articles Posted in Alaska

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By David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Education%20Day%20Care%20Building%20Block%20G.jpgIn Alaska and other States, parents rely on day care centers to provide for a safe haven for children during work hours and other times that parents need assistance with child care. On most days in most facilities, the children are cared for in an environment that is clean and focuses on the best interests of the children. When a facility complies with the applicable local and State day care regulations, there is a better chance that the child will be supervised properly and kept out of harm’s way. However, when a facility skirts the regulations and / or takes short cuts, children can be injured along the way. It is vital that regulations are followed and that staff members consistently and conscientiously watch out for the safety and well being of each and every child enrolled in an Alaskan day care center.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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bicycle%20helmet%20pink.jpgIn Alaska and other States, children are, at times, the unfortunate victims of bicycle accidents. Some children suffer only minor injuries while others suffer significant injuries. Some children even lose their lives as a result of a bicycle accident. It is important that every child form the habit of always wearing a bicycle helmet when riding a bicycle. Whether the child is merely riding around in the driveway or going on a longer bicycle ride, a helmet should always be worn. A child can be injured in a driveway as easy as a parking lot, roadway, sidewalk, or park. The use of a helmet is vital for a child’s safety. When there is a bicycle accident that leads to injury, one of the first questions asked by the police, medical providers, and attorneys is the following question:

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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ATV.jpgAll-terrain vehicles seem to be the cause of several injuries among Alaska’s youth. In the month of July, the state has already reported three separate accidents. In one, a child riding an ATV collided with car sustaining only mild injuries. In another, a rider was hospitalized after she went off the road and hit several trees. Lastly, two 17-year-old girls riding an ATV rolled-over killing one girl and injuring the other.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Alaska.jpgIn Anchorage, Alaska, a 9 year old boy died after suffering injuries at the Kenai Peninsula State Fair. The boy was at the fair with his family and a cow owned by the family. Apparently, Mathias Martin tied a rope around his waste that was also tied to the cow. Since the cow was domesticated, Mathias did not recognize the risk or danger of such an act. According to the father, the cow became spooked or scared for some reason and took off. The boy was then dragged by the cow. As a result thereof, the boy suffered serious head injuries. Mathias later died at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Alaska has enacted a new law that required children under the age of 8 years old or under the weight of 65 pounds require to be placed in a car or booster seat while traveling on roads in Alaska. Complying with the law is important. Making sure that a child is adequately provided with safety measures is vital. It has been reported that the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 14 years old in Alaska is related to motor vehicle accidents. Using infant seats, booster seats for children and seat belts can save lives. You can read more about Alaska’s new law at What You Need to Know About Alaska’s Child Booster Seat Laws.

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By Scott A. Marks, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Federal authorities snared an extremely dangerous child predator. Their efforts have removed an extremely dangerous person from the community. Danny Michael Harvey used his computer to enter chat rooms. One such chat room catered to child pedophiles. An undercover federal agent responded to a post by Mr. Harvey. The agent claimed he was a grandfather with the sole custody of a 4 and 5 year old child. Mr. Harvey informed “the grandfather” that Mr. Harvey wanted to sexual molest the 5 year old granddaughter and films the acts. Mr. Harvey then purchased a lap top, other items, and a plane ticket and flew to Anchorage, Alaska from Lancaster, California. Mr. Harvey was arrested. Fortunately, this was an undercover operation and no children were harmed. It is quite frightening to read about this story. Mr. Harvey planned this trip and (in his mind) conspired with “the grandfather” to perform heinous, illegal, and immoral sexual acts on a 5 year old girl. Thank you federal authorities for removing Danny Michael Harvey from the communities of Lancaster, California, Anchorage, Alaska, and any others in which he could have abused or molested young children. You can read more about this story at California Man Sentenced to 36 Years for Child Pornography.

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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Drinking and driving or driving under the influence is a danger in every city and town throughout the United States. Alaska is no exception to the dangers. in Fairbanks, Alaska, a mom used a different approach to dealing with the dangers of driving under the influence. This mother used her 7 year old son to drive her car. According to Alaska State Troopers, the mother was passed out next to her son. Karen Koch was charged with reckless endangerment and permitting an unauthorized person to drive a motor vehicle. You can read more about this story at Alaska Mother Uses Her 7 Year Old Son to Drive Her Car – Mother Passed Out Drunk in Car.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Alaska.jpgCruelty to animals is no laughing matter. Recently, students at Colony Middle School were disciplined after their actions led to the death of a moose. The students thought it was a good idea to taunt and tease the animal. The moose was so upset that the moose repeatedly threw itself against a wall until it died. Some may read this article and dismiss it as a childhood prank. The incident really does have a bigger meaning. It shows how far students will go to tease animals or other children for that matter. Children should show empathy for their peers, teachers, and animals. Many animals are defenseless and should be treated with respect and dignity. It is a shame that bullying and teasing led to the death of the Moose. Officials acted properly in disciplining the children.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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weather%20cold%20snow%20accidents%20and%20injuries.jpgAlaska State Trooper and other search teams have been investigating the disappearance of two teens, Rondy Lamont (age 17) and Matalena Tinke (age 14). The two teens were on a snowmachine heading home to Pitka’s Point, Alaska from St. Mary’s, Alaska. The search revealed fresh snowtracks from a snowmachine leading into the an area where the Andreafsky River meets the Yukon River. The search continues for the teens and the snowmachine but it is feared that they died when the snowmachine went into the icy waters.