Articles Posted in Ohio

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By Will Brown, Attorney and David Alan Wolf, Attorney
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In Ohio and other States, children are, at times, injured as passengers in motor vehicles. In most accidents, the child is injured as a properly seated and restrained passenger in the vehicle. While in other accidents involving injuries, a child suffers personal injuries due to the lack of a seat belt and / or riding in or neat the vehicle as a stunt of sorts. For instance, some children have been injured while riding on the hood or trunk of vehicles. Others have been injured when towed by a vehicle while riding a skateboard, scooter, bicycle, or other wheeled device. Whether a child is injured by run of the mill automobile accident or one involving unsafe riding or stunts, a case or claim can be pursued by the parents of the injured child for the damages sustained as a result of the automobile accident, bicycle accident, and / or pedestrian accident.

In Chillicothe, Ohio, an 11 year old boy suffered serious personal injuries in the form of a head injury as a result of an automobile accident / passenger accident. The boy was riding on the trunk of the vehicle with another boy. You can read more about this incident at Boy Injured Arter Riding on Trunk of Vehicle.

Sitting or riding in a vehicle in anything but a standard and approved seat can be dangerous if the vehicle is moving. Whether the vehicle is moving fast or slow, there are dangers and risks of personal injuries when a child rides on the trunk of the vehicle, on the hood of the vehicle, or back of a pick up truck. It is the responsibility of the vehicle owner and driver to drive in a safe manner and to make sure that passengers are properly seated and belted. If there is a refusal on the part of a passenger to sit in the vehicle, the driver should refuse to drive the vehicle.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Medical Care and Medical Bills, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

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By Will Brown, Attorney and David Alan Wolf, Attorney
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Driveways in residential neighborhoods are the unfortunate and tragic spots or location for back over accidents involving infants and toddlers. Because of the height of a toddler, a driver does not always see the child behind the vehicle. While back over accidents can be prevented in most instances, they still continue to take place in any given community. It is important to exercise the utmost of caution and care when backing out of a driveway because the child could be presence or walk into the driveway at any given moment. If there is a back over accident involving a child, the driver should stop at the scene of the accident or incident and call for medical and police assistance immediately.

When a child is injured as a result of the negligence of another person, a parent will often times have many questions and issues to dealt with including medical care, medical bills, child care, and other matters. In addition, there are legal issues that arise in both the criminal and civil setting depending the facts and circumstances of the case. A Child Injury Lawyer can assist a parent and provide advice and legal representation as to the respective rights of the injured child.

It was recently reported that a Lorain, Ohio man is facing criminal charges for an incident that involving the running over of an 18 month old child and then fleeing the scene. See Child Suffers Pesonal Injuries in Back Over Accident in Lorain, Ohio. The incident took place in the afternoon while the child was under the supervision of a babysitter.

The book – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Day Care Cener Injuries, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

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By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
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An Ohio boy tragically died at Circleville Raceway Park. The six year old was diving his go-cart in a private session at the race track when he was hit by a motorcycle. Officials report that the go-cart spun out and was hidden behind a small hill when it was struck by the motorcycle. The child received treatment at the scene of the accident and was transported by air ambulance to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He later died from his injuries.

The motorcyclist sustained only minor injuries. The Pickaway Sheriffs department is investigating this incident.

It is important to follow the rules of the race track. Race track etiquette stresses safety first. It is the drivers responsibility preserve the well being and safety of the drivers around the track. It is very important to wear a helmet and other safety gear when driving a go kart. You can read more about this story at Race Track Tragic Death of 6 Year Old Boy Reported in Circleville Ohio

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By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
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Alisha Schlagenhauser, a 27-year-old woman, was charged with assaulting an autistic child in Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora, Ohio. Witnesses said Schlagenhauser was drunk when she was seen yelling and hitting the child. She was also seen dragging him by his harness through the park so forcefully that she caused him injury.

Schlagenhauser was also caring for the child’s 7-year-old brother along with two other children when the alleged abuse occurred. Law enforcement officers interviewed Schlagenhauser who purportedly admitted to drinking tequila and beer at the water park. Cops also found marijuana and a pipe on Schlagenhauser. She is being charged with child endangering, drug possession, and assault.

It is important for parents to ensure their children are being cared for by responsible and trustworthy people. Parents must closely observe the behaviors and actions of the people they entrust to care for their children. If there is ever any sign of abuse or alcohol or drug related activities, parents should terminate the employment of these caretakers and find a more responsible person to care for and supervise their children.

For more information, see Drunk babysitter charged after assaulting four-year-old autistic boy at water park.

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By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
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An unfortunate incident recently took place at the University of Cincinnati (Ohio). It was reported that Everette Howard, an 18 year old student, died as a result of injuries sustained by a Taser gun used by campus police. It was reported that Everette was attempting to break up a fight at the time. It is expected that a full investigation will be completed and then be summarized in a written report since a death resulted from this incident. There appeared to be several witnesses to the incident. The use of force by a police officer is permitted under certain circumstances. In particular, if the health safety and welfare of the police office and / or others are put at risks – force is often times utilized. There are particular policies and procedures in place for each police department as to the use of force including the use of Taser guns. The incident will be reviewed to determine if protocols and criteria were met with respect to the facts and circumstances of this incident.

While Taser guns are typically a less dangerous alternative to the use of a gun, there are still serious personal injuries and even deaths that result from the use of a Taser gun. Law enforcement officials should be respected and orders by the same should be followed. When force is used, it should be reasonable and necessary. Whether the force used is considered excessive will depend on the facts and circumstances of each incident.

For more information, see “Everette Howard Died Saturday At UC Campus.”

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By Will Brown Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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Athens County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating allegations that a 72-year-old man inappropriately touched six children at day care centers in Athens County. The police and Children Services were first notified when a mother of two teenage girls said that the man groped her daughters at a store connected to a home day care center.

Sheriff Patrick Kelly said that they identified a person of interest and an investigation has been launched. The police have been questioning parents and owners of two day care centers. More families have come forward alleging that the same man had inappropriate contact with their children; the children are all under the age of five. Sheriff Kelly said that all of the children attended one of two home day care centers located on state Route 13 in Dover Township, Ohio. The families came forward and asked the police to investigate the situation. Two of the alleged victims are two-years old and two are four-years-old, said Kelly.

According to the police, the person of interest is not allowed to have contact with the day care centers during the investigation. Both of the day care centers are with 100 yards of each other, and the person of interest has contact with both, said Kelly. Parents with children who were or are enrolled in the day care center have been notified about the ongoing investigation and have been assured that safeguards are in place to keep the man away from the facilities. For more information on this topic, see Man Alleged To Have Molested 6 Kids At Daycare Centers.

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Amusement parks in Ohio and nationwide that has taken a hit over the past few years due to the economic downturn are finally starting to bounce back. Crowds increased at many amusement parks in 2010; Six Flags Entertainment Corp. based in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. based in Sundusky, Ohio both reported an increase in attendance nationwide. Other regional parks also experienced modest gains.

Gary Slade, editor and publisher of Amusement Today said that parks are spending more money on new rides and attractions this year than the previous season. Bush Gardens in Tampa, Florida and Six Flags located in Georgia are opening new roller coaster attractions, and several other theme parks are making new additions to their water rides.

The increase in attendance at amusement parks is likely to cause an increase in personal injuries to both park riders as well as bystanders. While some participants will incur minor injuries such as bruises and skin abrasions, others will not be so lucky and will end up with serious injuries such as broken bones, head and spinal injuries and sometimes even death can occur.

If you have been injured at an amusement park there are some factors to take into consideration in order to make a successful legal claim. First, you must prove your injuries were caused by another person that is a member of the amusement park staff or management. Second, the amusement park injury should be caused by either direct/indirect negligence of that amusement park. Lastly, you should report the injury as soon as possible; the more time that goes by the more the park can cast doubt on your injury.

Amusement park owners should provide all ride operators and other employees with enough training so they understand ride restrictions, all warnings necessary to safely participate in the ride, crowd control methods, and company policy for potentially hazardous situations. Park owners are legally responsible to third parties for the acts their employees that are within the scope of employment.

The best ways to prevent personal injury at an amusement park is to exercise good judgment and common sense. Other tips include: always follow posted height, weight, and age restrictions; seat small children on the inside of the ride away from open sides; and make sure a ride has adequate restraints for your child’s age and size. For more information on this topic, see Thrill is back, so are crowds at amusement parks.

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By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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In Ohio and other States, parents entrust schools and day care centers to provide a safe and clean learning environment for their children. In addition, parents expect that the teachers and staff members employed by the school and the day care center are alert, healthy, and doing their best to supervise and educate the children. Unfortunately, some teachers and day care workers shirk these responsibilities and engage in other activities at school that take away from their effectiveness and attentiveness. This can include excessive texting, Facebooking, computer and video games, taking on the cell phone, and, yes the use of drugs and alcohol. In Westlake, Ohio, it was reported that a substitute teacher was arrested for allegedly drinking at Westlake High School. The incident took place on April 8, 2011 where police were dispatched to the school. The teacher, Anne M. Keller, was cited for Disorderly Conduct Intoxication and having an Open Alcohol Container at the school. She later pled guilty to both of these charges. The physical evidence observed by the police was a Grey Goose Vodka botte. See Police: Teacher Drank at School, Had Bottle of Grey Goose.

Whether Ms. Keller is a good or bad teacher does not come into play when there is an incident of being intoxicated and having alcohol at the school. It is well known that alcohol slows down motor skills and affects decision making ability. It is important for a teacher or child care provider to be sharp and alert because children from elementary through high school age need adult supervision.

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By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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A 1-year-old boy of Morgan County, Ohio has tragically died. Official suspect the cause of the infant’s death was bacterial meningitis, however, the cause of his death has not been confirmed. The boy’s day care facility has also undergone extensive cleaning. Although the boy’s death has not been officially attributed to meningitis, director of nursing at the Morgan County Health Department confirmed that as man as 20 children and their respective families have been notified and advised to watch for symptoms. Another girl who attended the same child care facility as the boy is also being treated at Columbus Hospital. Cain was first contacted about the girl being treated for bacterial meningitis, just 15 minutes later she was informed about the boy’s case. The day care center was not named. Meningitis is typically caused by a viral or bacterial infection and is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Typical symptoms are those similar to upper-respiratory distress and the flu. Infected children may also keep their chin tucked in because it is too painful to move their neck, severe headaches are also a symptom. Symptoms usually appear 3-4 days after exposure. For more read 1-year-old Morgan County, Ohio, boy dies of suspected bacterial meningitis, day care facility undergoes extensive cleaning.

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By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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In Ohio and other States, there are dangers to children on or near roadways in the early morning hours and after school hours. Unfortunately, there are accidents that take place at these time periods that lead to serious child personal injuries. It was reported in Anderson Township, Ohio that a 15 year old boy was hit by a school bus in the morning hours near Nagel Middle School. Due to the severity of the personal injuries, the child was taken to Mercy Anderson Hospital and then flown to Children’s Hospital. See Teen Flown to Hospital After Being Struck by School Bus.

Whether a child is injured in an automobile accident, a school bus accident, school related injury, or day care related injury, a parent is faced with many issues and struggles in caring for the injured child. The book titled The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know contains information and tips for parents dealing with the aftermath of a child injury. Click here for a free book to serve as a resource of information when dealing with the issues related to a child injury.