Articles Posted in Michigan

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By David Wolf, Attorney and Samantha Vloedman, Law Clerk

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Blog

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When a child is being cared for at a day care center, school, summer camp, or other person / entity, a parent should be able to rely on the good nature of people and organizations that the child will be cared for in a nurturing manner by adults who really promote the best interests of their child. Unfortunately, people in trust like child care providers, babysitters, and even family members use these unique opportunities to abuse, neglect, and molest the very children under their care.

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By David Wolf, Attorney and Samantha Vloedman, Law Clerk

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Building Blocks Glossy -R - Day Care CenterIn Michigan and other States, parents rely upon day care centers to provide for a safe educational environment. One basic responsibility of the day care center is to supervise the children in a manner so that the children do not wander away from the facility.

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By Mark Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

handcuffs.jpgA man from Grand Rapids, Michigan has been sentenced for sexually assaulting a child in his home, where police say his wife ran as an unlicensed day care. Leroy George was sentenced to 12 months in Kent County Jail, five years probation, and six months of home confinement after he serves his jail sentence and will have to register as a sex offender. George pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The two other counts of the same charge were ultimately dismissed. The alleged victim is younger than 13-years-old. The child victim informed her parents about the incident, which is how police were involved and ultimately led to George’s July 2010 arrest. Investigators believe that the Georges ran the residential, unlicensed day care for at least three years. For more read Michigan man sentenced after pleading no-contest to 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct in wife’s unlicensed, day care.

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By Mark Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Michigan.jpgIn Michigan and other States, a party of teens and high school students is often the site of dangers, personal injuries, and, yes, even death. It was reported that Zachary Harp, a 16 year old student from Owendale- Gagetown High School was hit by a car and dragged for approximately one block. He was later airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital but died as a result of the injuries sustained at the scene. The Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office reported that the boy was transported at approximately 4:00 a.m. Another person tried to step in to offer assistance to the victim but this person was also hit by the vehicle. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of the death. Due to the facts and circumstances of the incident, a criminal investigation will be conducted as well. See Owendale-Gagetown teen dead after another teen runs him over, drags his body.

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By Mark Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

barn.jpgA 3-year-old child was injured in Montcalm County, Michigan after falling in the child’s family barn. According to officers, the child was playing inside the barn when he feel 8 to 10 feet onto a cement floor. According to police, the 3-year-old sustained a serious head injury. The young boy was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is listed in serious condition. Deputies have ruled this incident an accident. If you would like to read more on this story please see 3-year-old falls from family barn sustains serious head injury.

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By Andrew Prine, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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sports%20football%20helmet%20white%20on%20grass.jpgVicksburg High School’s head football coach, Tom Marchese believes that concussions are more serious than most people think, especially because concussions have long-term effects. Marchese may be on to something. New studies reveal that repeated concussions may cause permanent brain damage that eventually shows up with symptoms such as depression, chronic headaches, early-onset dementia, and/or adult-onset attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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By Andrew Prine, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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US%20State%20Flag%20Michigan.jpgIn Michigan, Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a law into effect to help distinguish or define babysitting from required day care licensing. The law states that babysitting is exempt from Michigan licensing and regulation if the babysitting is provided for free or involves less than $600.00 per year of annual payment or income. See Michigan Law Clarifies Babysitting / Day Care.

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By Andrew Prine, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Michigan and other States, drivers should exercise due caution when making left hand turns across lanes of traffic. This is especially true in school zones or where there are day care centers. In Genoa Township, Michigan, a serious automobile accident took place when a driver (Eric Wint) attempted a turn onto Grand River Avenue. Michigan State Police are conducting an investigation into this accident. According to a Michigan State Trooper, it is believed that Wint may not have seen the other vehicle in this T Bone type of accident. The impact of this crash pushed Wint’s Chevrolet Malibu into a local day care center (School Bell). None of the 40 or so students were injured as a result of this automobile accident. Mr. Wint was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The other driver was also transported to the hospital and later released. You can read more about this automobile accident and see a news video regarding the crash at Driver in Critical Condition Following Michigan Crash into Car and Day Care Center.

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By Andrew Prine, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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It is clear that passenger vehicles are no match for passenger trains when it comes to a crash or collision. In Canton Township, Michigan, it is reported that up to five teen were killed in an accident involving a passenger train and a passenger automobile. News reports indicate that the driver of the passenger automobile may have ignored a railroad gate by driving around it prior to the crash. It is certainly a tragic accident and a great loss for the families of the teens who died as well as the families of the teens. Amtrak and its officials have taken the position that neither the company or the employees committed any errors or negligence as to this incident. You can read more about this story at Tragic Train Accident in Canton Township, Michigan Leads to Deaths of Teens.

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By Andrew Prine, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Michigan and other States, children are often times abused and neglected in child day care centers. When it comes to discipline, many Michigan child care providers use a fist or a belt rather than a calm voice and reason when dealing with children. Corporal punishment in child day care centers is prohibited pursuant to Rule 400.5107, Discipline, Licensing Rules for Michigan Child Care Centers. Punishment in the form of hitting, spanking, biting, pinching and other physical or corporal punishment type of acts are clearly prohibited under this rule. In addition, a child care center can not take away food as punishment or tie up or restrain a child. There are some exceptions to these general rules when the health and safety of the child or others are at risk. Michigan child care centers have a duty to refrain from these acts. If discipline is necessary at the child care center, the child care workers have a duty to promote self control, self direction, self esteem and cooperation rather than resorting to physical violence and corporal punishment.