July 9, 2014

What are the Supervision Duties of Day Care Centers, Camps, and Schools During Field Trips?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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One of the best experience for a child enrolled in a day care center, school, or summer camp is the field trip. It certainly can be an adventure for the day to get out to a different location and have fun with friends. Common destinations for field trips include: swimming pools, beaches, amusement parks, theme parks, movie theaters, historic sites, and other locations. Typically, a field trip is a great experience for a child.
Unfortunately for some children, a field trip can also be a day filled with pain and suffering resulting physical injuries and even the death of an innocent child.

It is important for day care centers, summer camps, and schools to have policies and procedures in place during field trip related activities. Adherence to these policies and procedures along with compliance with applicable state and local rules regulations ordinances can help prevent serious injuries from taking place during a field trip related activity.

What if the child is injured during the field trip? Any time a child is outside the safe confines of his or her home - there is a risk or danger of personal injuries. There are certainly risks and dangers associated any forms of transportation. There are also dangers and risks anytime that there is water as the main part of the activity (i.e. swimming) or bodies of water nearby (i.e. lakes, rivers, ponds, canals, and oceans).

If a child is injured, the first thing that the supervising adult should do is the stablize and calm the child and seek medical attention when necessary. At times, a first aid kit is all that is needed to address the child's injuries. In other cases, fire rescue should be called in and when necessary transport to an emergency room, urgent care center or pediatrician's office.

If an injury is foreseeable and preventable, then there may be a civil case or claim to pursue. Under these circumstances, a parent should discuss the potential case with a Child Injury Lawyer. There are a few general safety guidelines that should be followed in any given field trip including the following:

Children should wear the same color shirt when possible to make roll call and identification during supervision much easier;

Roll call should be repeatedly taken during transporation and during the visit to the destintation to make sure that all children are accounted for;

A buddy system should be put in place for each and every child;

Chaperones and volunteers should be trained and attentive during the field trip;

There should be a sufficient amount of staff members in place during the field trip;

Rules for the field trip should be discussed with all child care providers, volunteers, chaperones, and, yes, the children.

The book - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on day care center injuries, school injuries, amusement and theme park related injuries, swimming and water related injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

October 1, 2013

What Laws and Regulations Apply for School Bus Drivers in Florida? Should a Driver Stop When a School Bus Stops on the Roadway?

By David Wolf, Attorney and Kurt Sigmund, Legal Assistant
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Florida and other States, iconic yellow school buses can be seen virtually year round on Florida streets, highways, and neighborhoods. At times, the presence and operation of a school bus can slow down traffic and possibly even make you late for work. When you see a yellow school bus on the roadway, keep in mind that the buses transport our community's most important resource - our children. As such, slow down and drive cautious when you see a yellow school bus.

Federal and State laws form the foundation for the school transportation system. A school bus drivers should be trained to safely perform the job. The law requires that buses be physically inspected every 30 days. All school bus drivers are required to attend yearly training and screening for their ability to safely drive the bus. In contrast, drivers in the general public are not required to meet such standards. In fact, many drivers go years without taking a driving test. At many driver's license renewal appointments for standard drivers, the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles merely checks your vision and then re-issues the Florida Driver's License. See Florida School Bus Regulations and Training Requirements.

It is important to take a moment from time to time to review how you, as a driver, interact with school buses on the road. First and foremost, all drivers must come to a complete stop when a school bus displays the stop signal while driving in the same direction as the bus and the opposite direction on two lane roads. On multi-lane roadways, drivers must stop unless there is an unpaved space greater than 5 feet between opposite lanes such as a median or a barrier between the lanes of traffic. To be clear, the traffic must stop on roadways where there is a turn lane in between opposite lanes of traffic.

Even with these Florida laws and regulations in place, distracted drivers carelessly drive right by a stopped school bus with all of its flashing lights and "stop signs". The potential for injury is increased dramatically when drivers do not follow the applicable Florida traffic laws and it happens all too frequently in Florida.

A bus driver in St. Johns County, Florida recently reported that at least one car passes his stopped yellow school bus every other day. In a one day survey performed last year by the Florida Department of Education, the Department found that 21,000 vehicles passed stopped school busses throughout the State of Florida. From the survey, the total number of potential violations for a school year would be 3.7 million violations in a 6 month time period.

Remember that children can be unpredictable and dart out into the roadway after getting off of the school bus. Therefore, all drivers must be alert and follow the applicable Florida laws. It is helpful to put down the mobile phone and focus on the traffic conditions and, yes, the child pedestrians. When a driver passes a school bus when stopped, the driver has committed a moving violation and is subject to citation. Upon conviction, the driver is required to pay a fine, attend a Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicle (DHSMV) approved driver’s school within 90 days and receive four points on his or her license.

The book titled - When the Wheels Stop Spinning - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Parents Should Know After the Accident - has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Medical Care and Insurance, and other topics. You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stop Spinning.

Here is the Florida Statute on point that requires drivers to stop when a school bus is stopped with flashing lights on a Florida road.

MOTOR VEHICLES Chapter 316
STATE UNIFORM TRAFFIC CONTROL

316.172 Traffic to stop for school bus.—
(1)(a) Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle on or over the roads or highways of this state shall, upon approaching any school bus which displays a stop signal, bring such vehicle to a full stop while the bus is stopped, and the vehicle shall not pass the school bus until the signal has been withdrawn. A person who violates this section commits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318.
(b) Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle that passes a school bus on the side that children enter and exit when the school bus displays a stop signal commits a moving violation, punishable as provided in chapter 318, and is subject to a mandatory hearing under the provisions of s. 318.19.
(2) The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier is not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus which is stopped in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(3) Every school bus shall stop as far to the right of the street as possible and shall display warning lights and stop signals as required by rules of the State Board of Education before discharging or loading passengers. When possible, a school bus shall not stop where the visibility is obscured for a distance of 200 feet either way from the bus.
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November 22, 2012

What are the Legal Rights of Children Injured on a School Bus?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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When a parent sends a child off to school on a school bus, it is the expectation of the parent that the child will be transported safely to and from school. Unfortunately, school bus accidents result from the negligent driving of the school bus driver, other drivers, or the combination of the two. Since school buses are on the roads of most communities year round, it is vital that school bus safety is given a top priority by school bus drivers and other driving in the area of a school bus. This is especially true at bus stops and school zones. One basic safety tip to keep in mind is the following: SLOW DOWN. While this is very basic and simple advice, it is something to keep in mind any time somebody is driving near a school bus, school bus stop, or school zone. When a child is injured as a result of a school bus accident, here are the potential sources of payment of medical bills and / or compensation for the injuries sustained by the child:

Automobile Insurance of the Child's Parents. Depending on the State and the type of insurance in place, a child may be able to seek benefits under the parent's automobile policy. The child may qualify as an insured person depending on the language and coverage in the automobile policy.

Automobile Insurance of the School or School Bus Company. The child may also qualify for benefits under the insurance for the school or school bus company. The amount and type of coverage will depend on the availability of other insurance and / or if the school bus driver was at fault for the school bus accident.

Automobile Insurance of the At Fault Driver or Owner of the At Fault Vehicle. There may be coverage for the at fault driver or the owner of the at fault vehicle.

Health Insurance. Health insurance may be available to the student to pay for medical bills depending on the State laws in place and the availability of other insurance.

Student Accident Insurance. Some schools and programs carry Student Accident Insurance which may provide coverage for school bus related injuries and related damages.

The laws and insurance applicable to a school bus accident can be quite complex and confusing. Because of this, it is important for a parent to contact a Child Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and legal representation. 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, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

October 12, 2012

If Bullying Caught on Videotape or by Incident Report, Should a Parent Pursue a Case on Behalf of the Child Victim?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Maryland and other States, acts of bullying have been caught or recorded on videotape, iPhones, Droids, videocameras, and surveillance video. Some bullies know that there brutal acts are being recorded and some do not. Some bullies even post their exploits to Facebook, You Tube, and other Websites for the whole world to see. It is unfortunate that bullying is still common in schools, day care centers, camps, sports teams, and elsewhere. Over the past few years, there appears to be more of an awareness of bullying and the passage of policies, procedures, regulations, and laws against bullying; however, bullying persists and comes in many forms including those that cause serious physical injuries and / or serious emotional harm. When a parent obtains videotape proof of bullying or a confirmed Incident Report of bullying, the parent is then faced with the issue of whether or not to puruse a claim or case seeking compensation for the harm caused by the acts of bullying. This is not an easy decision especially if the child victim is still enrolled in the school, day care center, camp, or other facility / location where the bullying acts took place. Furthermore, it is also complicated if the bully and the child victim continue to attend the same school or facility.

In Brunswick, Maryland, a high school sophmore (Preston Deener) was scheduled to be interviewed about issues with bullies at his school when he was bullied right then and there on camera by three boys. You can read more about this incident and other problems encountered by this student at Bullying Acts Caught on Videotape.

When a child is the victim of bullying acts in a school, day care center, or other location, a parent is faced with many issues involved with the potential claim or legal case including:

*Availability of medical coverage from the school or facility;
*Availability of health insurance;
*Availability and pursuit of liability insurance;
*Medical treatment to evaluate and care for current injuries:
*Need for future medical treatment;
*Decision as to whether to remain in the school or facility;
*Amount of compensation deserved for the injuries;
*Dealing with insurance adjusters; and
*Other Matters.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Playground Injuries, Sports Related Injuries, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

September 9, 2012

What Are the Duties of a Day Care Center and Babysitter as to Window Safety?

By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In many homes, day care centers, schools, and other locations, there is a danger present for children. Simply enough, the danger presents itself in the form of an open window or a window that can be opened by a child. Whether the child crawls out a first story window or higher window, the danger is present. A child can suffer fractures, lacerations, and head injuries from a fall out of a window. Because of the risks and dangers of windows, it is vital that all child care providers including babysitters, relatives, parents, neighbors, coaches, day care centers, and schools properly secure windows accessible to children. A safety check should be performed and recommendations should be made as to all windows and doors in the building, facility, or home.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Homeowner's Insurance, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

In Hartford Connecticut, a 2 year old boy was injured when he fell from a window while under the care of babysitter. The boy got out onto the roof and then fell. He suffered significant injuries including a fractured skull. The babysitter was charged by local enforcement regarding the incident. Of course, the babysitter is entitled to representation by a criminal defense attorney for the public defender regarding these criminal charges. See Child Falls in Connecticut - Importance of Safety and Supervision.

The incident reported in Connecticut helps illustrate the importance of window safety and consistent supervision when children are present.

June 23, 2012

What are the Risks and Hazards of Doors Jams to Children in Homes, Day Care Centers, and Schools?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In homes, schools, and day care centers, children are at risk for serious personal injuries from an object present in every building - the door or door way. The National Safety Council estimates that there are 300,000 finger injuries from doors every year. Of these incidents, there are 26,000 finger amputations or fractures. Many of these injury victims are children. A serious finger injury can be permanent in nature and affect the injured person for a lifetime.

Carlsbad Safety Products is a company based in Califorrnia. The company has a site named www.pinchnot.com which has a listing of the products distributed by the company. The child safety products distributed by this company make door ways and door jams safer especially when children are present. The expense of these safety products are minimal in light of the serious injuries that are prevented by the Pinch Not products distributed by Carlsbad Safety Products.

Schools and day care centers have a duty to provide a safe educational environment for children under the care of the facility. Consistent and timely supervision is vital to keeping children out of harm's way. A moment of inattention can lead to serious personal injuries especially for a child who gets his or her hands caught in a door jam without a safety device in place. The risk manager or director of each and every facility should survey the premises to make sure that all reasonable and necessary measures are taken to ensure the safety and well being of children in homes, day care centers, and schools.

The book - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Homeowner's Insurance, Medical Treatment / Bills, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

February 29, 2012

Is a School, Day Care Center, City, County, Community Association, and / or Manufacturer Liable for Injuries Sustained on a Playground?

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Children are often times injured on playgrounds at schools, day care centers, community associations, counties, cities, and other locations. When a child suffers an injury at a playground, there may be a civil claim or case for the personal injuries suffered by the child. Some child personal injuries that take place on a playground center are actionable due to the negligence of the school, day care center, property owner, adult supervisors, and / or the manufacturer of the playground equipment. Of course, there are some risks with any playground center; however, if an injury resulted from a dangerous design or defect, improper maintenance, or improper supervision, then a civil action or claim may be warranted to pursue damages and compensation for the child's injuries.

When a child is injured in a playground as a result of negligence, a parent will typically have many questions and concerns including but not limited to the availability of medical coverage, liability insurance, medical treatment, medical bills, valuation of the claim or case, providing statements and information to insurance companies, and other topics. Due to the complexity of these cases, it is important for a parent to consult with a Child Injury Attorney for advice and legal representation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis (No Recovery - No Attorney Fees). The initial consultation on playground child injury cases are free. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Playground Injuries, School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get his parent resource book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

When multiple injuries take place at a particular playground, further investigation and research is often completed to determine the cause and preventability of the injuries. In some instances, the owner of the property, day care center, or school will make modifications or changes to the playground in an attempt to make the playground safter for use and play by the children. In Inwood, New York, a slide was closed off and will be removed from the playground. There were reports of injuries involving this particular slide at other playgrounds. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission even issued a warning as to this slide. See New York Playground Slide Removed Due to Safety Concerns.

February 28, 2012

Dangers of Fights at or Near Schools - Safety and Liability for Personal Injuries - California Girl Dies Following Fight with Classmate

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In California and other States, school yard fights are still waged out there. The participants coul be from any grade and include boys and / or girls. It is interesting that some fights or brawls in o near schools are well known to many children during the day and prior to the fight. Unfortunately, in many instances, nobody steps forward to report the planned fight to school officials. Furtheremore, when the fight starts, many students prevent others from breaking up and / or ending the fight. A tragic death was recently reported in Long Beach, California. It was reported that a 10 year old girl - Joanna Ramos - died from a head injury that she sustained in a fight with a classmate who was 11 years old. Joanna suffered a blood clot as a result of the fight which in turn caused her death. It is most unfortunate that the death occured and that medical care was not provided in a timely manner. See Death of California Girl After Fight Ruled a Homicide.

When a child suffers a personal injury at a school or day care center, there are often many questions and concerns by the parent. Issues that arise in these situations include the following:

Where did the fight or incident take place?

Were there staff members in the area? Should there have been staff members in the area?

Is there a better way to supervise the children between the school and after school program?

Is there a way to encourage students to report that a fight is going to take place?

What protocols should be followed as to medical care or evaluation at the school following a fight?

Was there anything that could have been done to prevent the fight from taking place?

Unfortunately, fights happen at or near schools. Children do not realize that a simple school yard fight can lead to serious personal injuries and even the death of a classmate.

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

February 17, 2012

What Are the Rights of Children Injured in a School Bus Accident?

By Robert Fernicola and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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What are the rights of children injured during transportation on a school bus? Millions of children are transported every year on public and private school buses. Yellow school buses are common fixtures in every community. Because of their size and color, school buses are easily seen. Unfortunately, there are many accidents every year involving school buses despite their size and obvious color. What are the legal rights of an injured child during transport on the school bus? The answer to this question depends on the facts and circumstances of the accident. Some school bus accidents are caused by the fault of the driver of the school bus. Some school bus accidents are caused by the fault of another driver. In some school bus accidents, the blame or fault can be placed on the school bus driver and other drivers under the theory of comparative negligence or comparative fault.

As a passenger on a school bus, there is no fault or liability on the part of the child for the personal injuries caused by the school bus accident. If the accident is the fault of a school bus driven by an employee or agent of a public school, there may be restrictions and procedures to the pursuit of a legal claim or case for damages against the school district. When a child is injured as a result of the school bus accident, there are many concerns and issues faced by parents. It can be quite stressful and overwhelming for parent dealing with the serious injuries of a child and tragically in some cases the death of a child. There are certainly no easy answers or magic words to provide to an injured child or the parent dealing with the aftermath of the injuries. However, there are resources and information available to a parent who has questions about a child injury matter. The parent of an injured child should also avail himself or herself of the services of a Personal Injury Lawyer to enforce the child's rights to compensation and damages.

When a child is injured as a result of a school bus accident, the parent or guardian should seek legal advice and consultation regarding the rights of the child. A parent can obtain a free consultation with a Child Injury Lawyer. A free consultation will not commit the parents to retain the services of the of the attorney. It is important for a parent to become educated and familiar with the various rules procedures and rights to compensation when there is a school bus accident. 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, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

A tragic School Bus Accident was recently reported near Trenton, New Jersey. It was reported that the school bus and a dump truck were involved in a collision. Tragically, a child died as a result of this accident and several others were injured. This death of this child was certainly a great loss for the family, neighborhood, school, and the community. What started off as a typical day typical day in the community ended in tragedy and loss. Due to the fact that a death and serious injuries resulted from this school bus accident, local and / or state law-enforcement will conduct a thorough investigation to to determine the cause and preventability of this school bus accident. See School Bus Crash in New Jersey Causes Death of Girl and Personal Injuries to Others.

February 13, 2012

Are Emergency Policies and Procedures Important for School Bus Drives in North Carolina?

By John Jensen, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In North Carolina and other states, school boards of policies and procedures are often times available on the school Board's website. Is it important to have these procedures in place? The answer is "Yes". Is it important to follow these policies and procedures? The answer to this question is a resounding "Yes". Emergency policies and procedures are an important part of every school Board's procedure manual. For each and every school district, bus drivers and assistants should be aware of these policies and procedures. Training is vital for those who driver and / or supervise children being transported to and from school and / or field trip activities. At times, a school employee fails to follow a procedure or policy regarding transportation and supervision. In these instances, injuries can take place.

In North Carolina, a fire was recently reported on the school bus. Fortunately, the school bus driver acted quickly and removed the children from the bus in a calm and organized manner. This school bus driver should be commended for acts of heroism. The photograph and video of the bus in flames would cause concern to any parent. There were no injuries reported from this incident but if the policies and procedures were not followed or if the school bus driver was not paying close attention then certain tragedy would have happened in the form of personal injuries and wrongful death. It is as important to report the stories in which the children are injured as the stories in which the children are are saved. We can all learn from from our successes as well as our failures. The focus should always be the safety of the children. The book titled The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child What Every Parent Should Know has chapters on school injuries, day care center injuries, damages and compensation, medical treatment, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury. If you have a concern about a child injury while being transported by a school or day care center, contact a Child Injury Lawyer for consultation and legal representation. Child injury cases for the most part are handled on a contingency basis meaning No Recovery and No Fees.

December 27, 2011

Warsaw New York High School Wrestlers Charged with Hazing

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In New York and other States, hazing is a tradition or problem that continues to victimize children in elementary school, middle school, and high school. In many instances, the tradition or initiation of hazing goes unpublished and there is a degree of tolerance for the bad acts of members, athletes, or students who commit these bad acts. Many schools have anti-hazing policies and procedures in place. The enforcement of these policies and procedures is not so easy and it a challenge to spot hazing activities and to punish the wrongdoers.

A Child Injury Lawyer can advise, consult, and represent the hazing victim in a case against the bullies, homeowner's insurance, school, and other possible defendants. There are a myriad of problems associated with hazing activities. The victims of hazing often suffer physical and / or emotional personal injuries. In some instances, serious personal injuries and even wrongful death result from hazing related activities.

It was reported in Warsaw New York that two high school wrestlers were charged with crimes involving alleged hazing acts that took place in a locker room. The victim suffered a broken jaw as a result of the hazing related activities. The charges were filed after a criminal investigation that included almost 30 interviews. The Wyoming County District Attorney filed the charged against a 16 year old and a 17 year old. The students charged reportedly bullied two other students into fighting against each other. The inverstigation also uncovered evidence in the form of a mobile phone video of at least a portion of the fight. The students charged will be entitled to representation by a New York Criminal Defense attorney or the services of the public defender's office.

It is difficult for victims and their parents to deal with the aftermath of a hazing incident. There are many issues to address including continued attendance at the school, dealing with or being around the bullies involved in the incident, medical care / treatment counseling, and other issues. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injuries - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on School Injuries, Homeowner's Insurance, Damages / Comnpensation, Medical Treatment / Medical Bills, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.


December 8, 2011

Texas Child Hit by Driver While Walking from School Bus

By Robert Chaiken, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Texas and other States, drivers should exercise the utmost of caution when driving in or near an area of school bus stops. School buses are typically large, yellow vehicles that are easily seen. When a school bus stops, it should be obvious to all drivers in the area. Unfortunately, some drivers ignore the obvious presence of a school bus and put children in danger by reckless and careless driving. As a result thereof, children suffer serious personal injuries when they are hit by a vehicle in or near a school bus stop zone. See Texas Child Struck by Driver While Walking from School Bus.

A driver was recently arrested and charged with a hit and run collision after he hit a child walking home from school after getting off of a school bus. Ivy Pilgreen, a 1st grade student from Silsbee, Texas, suffered serious personal injuries and required care at the UMTB pediatric unit.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Medical Treatment / Medica Bills, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. A parent or other interested person can receive a free copy of this book at The ABCs of Child Injury.

December 4, 2011

Derry New Hampshire - Bus Driver Charged with Disorderly Conduct and Simple Assault

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In Derry, New Hampshire and other communities, school bus drivers have a duty to drive safely and otherwise properly supervise the children on the school bus. It was reported that a school bus drive, Amy Weeden, was accused of stopping short which, in turn, caused two students to suffer personal injuries as a result of the braking. The incident was reported to police and Weeden was ultimately charged with disorderly conduct and assault. See Derry New Hampshire - School Bus Driver Stops Suddenly - Personal Injuries.

Parents rely on schools and day care centers to safely transport and otherwise supervise their children. From time to time, there can be challenges on the job for a teacher, assistant, school bus driver, and others charged with driving and / or supervising children. It is important for these adults with the fiduciary duty of caring for children to keep their calm and composure and always act in the best interests of the children. Safety first - safety always should be followed.

When a child suffers personal injuries as a result of bad acts or negligence of others, a claim and / or civil lawsuit may be pursued to enforce the rights of the injured child. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Damages / Compensation, Medical Treatment / Medical Bills, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.


December 2, 2011

Open Windows in Homes, Schools and Day Care Centers Pose Risks to Children

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A common element in many homes can cause significant risk of injury to a child - the open window. Every year - over 5000 emergency room visits are reported that were necessitated when a child fell out of a window of a building. The Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio collected research and reported on the dangers of falls out of windows and resulting personal injuries to children. The danger can be easily removed by having window guards installed in the home, school, day care center, and other location frequented by children. It is also vital that adult supervision is provided in these settings. See Falls from Windows Cause Injuries to Children.

Child safety experts also recommend that homeowners, schools, and day care centers remove furniture away from window areas to prevent the wandering or curious child from using the furniture to gain access to the window sill area.

November 30, 2011

Child Injury Reported in Monroe County (North Greece) New York

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Monroe County (North Greece) New York, a child injury was reported at the YMCA located on Long Pond Road. Fire fighters / paramedics with Monroe County EMS responded to the YMCA and reported that a child was in a crawl tube with a neck injury. The story was posted on the site Monroe County Fire Wire which is a website owned and managed by Scott Ellman who is a firefighter with the Brighton Fire District. The website provides good public service information to residents served by hard working men and women who work as firefighters and paramedics in the area. See Child Injury Reported at New York YMCA.

When a child suffers a personal injury at a YMCA and / or a day care center, an investigation will typically be conducted by the facility and in some instances by local law enforcement, fire rescue, and / or the social welfare agency that regulates day care and child care facilities. Some incidents involving an injury to a child are unexpected and unforeseeable. Others, however, are foreseeable and more importantly preventable with better supervision and better equipment in place.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - is a good resource guide for parents seeking answers and basic information when a child suffers an injury at a school, day care center, home, or other location. The book has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. This book can be obtained by parents and other interested person for free at - Free Child Injury Book for Parents Seeking Answers to Common Questions and Issues.

November 28, 2011

Baton Rouge Louisiana Day Care Center (Children of the Future) Has License Revoked by The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)

By J. Rock Palermo, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Louisiana DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) is the governmental agency in charge of licensing, supervising, and disciplining licensed day care centers in the State of Louisiana. For a day care center to remain in good standing and to retain its state day care license, the facility must follow the rules and regulations set forth and enforced by the Louisiana DCFS. These regulations include those related to documentation, attendance records, and staff to child ratios. Unfortunately, many day care centers violate these policies and put children under the supervision of the day care center at risks for serious personal injuries and, in some instances death. The Louisiana DCFS recently revoked the child care license of a facility due to alleged violations of the State day care regulations and rules. See Louisiana DCFS Suspends / Revokes Day Care License of Children of the Future.

When a child suffers an injury as a result of the lack of supervision, an unsafe facility, or some other cause that is the fault of a day care center employee or administrator, a parent is often times faced with many challenges and questions. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. A parent or other interested family member can obtain a copy of this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

November 27, 2011

State of Tennessee Department of Human Services - Investigation into Fatal Day Care Center Transporation Accident - Death of Anthony Scott - Age 6

By George Fusner, Jr., Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Whitehaven, Tennessee, a family and community are mourning the death of a 6 year old boy - Anthony Scott. It was reported that Anthony was hit and killed by a day care center van with Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center. The Tennessee Department of Human Resources is the governmental agency that licenses and regulations day care centers in the State of Tennessee. A full investigation will be conducted to determine the cause and preventability of this tragic day care center transportation pedestrian accident. See State of Tennessee Department of Human Resources to Investigate Fatal Pedestrian Accident - Death of Anthony Scott.

When a child is injured as a result of the negligence or inattention of a child care provider, a school, or other entity, parents are faced with a number of questions regarding legal rights, insurance, and compensation. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, Automobile Accidents, Damages / Compensation, and Medical Bills / Medical Treatment. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the Apple iBookstore. It is also available to parents and other interested persons at Free Book for Parents Dealing with a Child Injury.

November 11, 2011

Who is Supervising or Chaperoning Kids on School Field Trips? Mother Passes Out on Wisconsin Field Trip - Drugs Found

By Jonathan Safran, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Wisconsin and other States, school children often times attend field trips organized by the school. In most instances, the field trip is well run and organized. School officials, teachers, and volunteers are put in place to make sure that the children are properly supervised during the field trip. It is vital that children are supervised during transportation and at the field trip site location. A news story was reported about an incident that took place on a field trip in Wayne, Wisconsin. It was reported that a mother attending the field trip was found in the bathroom unconscious and surrounded by drug paraphernalia. A criminal background check was previously completed the the Kewaskum School District and did not identify any prior criminal activity by this parent. It was reported that this was an isolated incident. If a parent or volunteer has not prior criminal record, there does not appear to be any prior notice to the school about the potential problems that could be created by a parent like this supervising the children. Fortunately, no children were injured or hurt due to any issues with supervision but the potential is there anytime that a parent, volunteer, or teacher is impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol. See Parent Chaperones on Field Trips - Wayne, Wisconsin.

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October 30, 2011

What Parents and Day Care Providers Should Know About the Dangers of the Button Battery?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In many homes, day care centers, school, and other locations, there is a hidden danger that many parents and child care providers are not aware about. Button batteries are the size and shape of a small coin. Button batteries power many small toys and electronic devices. In the hands of a child, a button battery is seen as a toy and often times is ingested. The swallowing of a button battery can cause significant health risks and hazards to a child. There is a question and answer quiz posted online that will test your knowledge of the hazards of button batteries. Take the quiz to see how you so. How much do you know about the dangers of button batteries? What should you know about the dangers of button batteries? See Test Your Knowledge - How Much Do You Know About Button Battery Safety?

October 16, 2011

Lawsuit Filed in Bedford County Virginia Over Beating of Autistic Child on School Bus

By Kevin Leach, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Bedford County, Virginia and other cities / towns, children reply on school bus and public transportation. Many special needs children rely on school bus transportation to travel to and from school. Most bus drivers and aides are quite attentive to the children. Unfortunately, some drivers and aides are not prepared to work with children. Some school / transportation employees lack the training, patience, and / or common sense to work with children especially special needs children. In Bedford County Virginia, a lawsuit was filed seeking damages associated with the battery of a 12 year old autistic study by Bedford County School employees. The incident was captured on videotape. See Bedford County Bus Beating Caught on Video Camera - Lawsuit Filed Against County.

Unfortunately, thousands of children are injured on school buses every year. In some instances, the bus driver or the attendant assault the children on the bus. In other instances, another student is the aggressor and attacks or bullies a student on the bus. Getting to and from school in a safe manner is an important beginning or end to the school day. If a child goes to or leaves from school in fear or with personal injuries, that is a problem - a big problem - that should be addressed by the school, administration, and the bus company.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injuries - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on School Injuries, Day Care Injuries, Damages / Compensation, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, and other topics. It is important for parents to know the legal rights of an injured child when there is an injury sustained on a school bus, at a school, at a day care center, or other location.

 
 
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