January 30, 2012

Dangers of Guns, Weapons, and "Toy" Guns in Schools

By Mark Freedman, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Michigan and other States, school officials have a duty to keep schools safe for the children. Most schools act very swiftly and quickly when guns, knives, and / or other weapons are discovered in a school. Even a "toy" gun or "pellet" gun can cause serious injuries to a child in a school or day care center setting. Furthermore, a toy gun can often be mistaken by a teacher, student, or police officer as a "real" gun which can then set forth a series of events that can lead to serious personal injuries and, in some instances, death.

Parents and guardians should do their best to keep their children from bringing guns, knives, weapons, and even toy guns to school. At times, a children mistakenly leaves one of these items in a bag and then takes the items to school. While the intent to bring the gun, weapon, or toy was not present, the dangers and risks of having the item in school can still be there nonetheless.

When a child is injured at a schol or day care center as a result of negligence or improper supervision, a child injury attorney can assist the injured child and family with the many issues and challenges that arise in these cases. A child injury lawyer can help a family deal with the medical bills, medical treatment, insurance, and other matters involved with a personal injury case. 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 / Compensation, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

It was recently reported that a girl in Bay City, Michigan was suspended from her school for bringing a gun to her elementary school. The incident was reported by WNEW TV 5 News. The teachers at the school were not sure whether the gun was "real" or not and police were called to the school. It was determined that the gun was a pellet gun.

"The building principal did, or is doing if you will, what is necessary - and that is to take everything seriously," said Superintendent Shawn Bishop. See Elementary School Girl Suspended for Brining a Gun to School.

Fortunately, there does not appear that there were any injuries suffered as a result of the gun being brought to school. While the girl who brought the gun to school may not have meant to and may not have meant to harm anyone, it is still dangerous to bring a gun - whether "real", pellet, or toy - to a school.

October 6, 2011

Misty Dawn Kumas (Age 13) Dies from Injuries When Hit by Driver / Suspect Fleeing Police

By Mark Freedman, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Flint, Michigan, a family, neighborhood, church, and community are all mourning the death of an innocent girl (Misty Dawn Kumas) who was the tragic and unfortunate victim of a driver / criminal suspect avoiding or fleeing from the police. Misty was on her way to church on a Wednesday afternoon when the incident took place. There were witnesses and even vido surveillance that captured the tragedy. In one moment, a girl is walking to church. In the next moment, she is hit as a pedestrian and suffers serious life threatening injuries. You can read more about this story at Police Pursuit in Flint Michigan - Girl - Misty Dawn Kumas Dies from Accident Related Injuries.

When law enforcement makes a decision to pursue a criminal suspect, many factors must be taken into consideration including the danger of the criminal suspect, crimes allegedly committed, the risks involved with such a pursuit, the areas in and around the pursuit including school zones and playgrounds, and other factors.

August 11, 2011

Michigan Lawmakers Propose "Caylee's Law" to Make the Failure to Report a Missing Child a Crime

By Mark Freedman, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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As a result of the Casey Anthony case, Michigan is now advocating for what state legislators call “Caylee’s Law.” Caylee’s Law will make both failure to report a missing child, and failure to report a dead body felony offenses in Michigan.

By enacting this law, Michigan legislation hopes to close the gaps that exist in our legal system today. The goal is to correct an “oversight” in our legal system.

Specifically, the law will state that if a missing child under the age of 13 is not reported within 24 hours, a felony charge will occur. A person will also receive a felony charge if he or she conceals or fails to report a dead body immediately upon discovery.

It is important for laws to be created in response to the Casey Anthony case. Although one would think it is unlawful to not report a child missing right away, or to conceal the discovery of a dead body, it is not against the law currently. Why these laws do not already exist is unknown, but it seems as though Michigan legislation is on the right track to correcting this problem.

For more information, see Caylee's Law - Michigan's Response to the Caylee Anthony Case and Gap in Michigan Criminal Laws.

July 30, 2011

Hit and Run Accident in Flint, Michigan Ends Life of Teenage Mother (Kadijah Powell)

By Mark Freedman, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A tragic hit and run accident in Flint, Michigan has ended the life of a teenage mother. According to the police, 17-year-old Kadijah Powell was walking home from a party at Skateland when she was struck and killed by an SUV. The incident occurred near the corner of Coldwater Road and Dort Highway. The police have obtained a surveillance video from three separate area businesses. In addition, detectives are working with local auto dealerships to determine the exact make and model of the vehicle involved. The police expect they will soon be able to locate the person responsible if they do not turn themselves in first.

Lynette Powell, Kadijah’s mother, is taking care of her five-month-old granddaughter. She said the baby misses her mother and whoever is responsible should take responsibility for his or her actions. Powell said a friend pulled her daughter out of the street, and when she got the phone call, her daughter was already dead. Powell also said that her daughter was working on finishing up her education and applying for jobs. She was concerned about her baby’s future. “She was a sweet little kid who loved her baby,” said Powell.

The Kadijah Powell Memorial fund has been set up at Citizen’s bank to help the family pay for funeral expenses. If you have any information about the hit and run accident, please contact the Genesee Township police. For more information on this topic, see Mother of five month old baby struck and killed, police looking for driver.

March 23, 2011

Grand Rapids Michigan - Man Sentenced to Jail Term for Sexual Assault

By Mark Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A 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.

It is essential that parents research the child care facilities in their area before selecting a facility for their children. Typically, a majority of states have Internet sources that can provide the names of licensed day cares as well as past violations.

March 22, 2011

Owendale-Gagetown Teen (Zachary Harp) Run Over and Dragged for Almost a Block - Tragic Death of Michigan Teen

By Mark Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In 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.

Teen parties can be a lot of fun but they can also be tragic as well. When going out that night, who would have expected that a 16 year old would have died? A strange course of events transpired but it is not that strange for there to be violence and danger when there is a congregation of teens and high school students late at night.

October 29, 2010

Child Suffers Serious Head Injury from Fall from Hayloft in Michigan

By Mark Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A 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.

Young children like 3 year olds often times do not appreciate or recognize the dangers of heights. As such, young children are at risk for injury when playing on or standing on an elevated area. When children are on elevated areas, it is important to have railings and other safety equipment for the protection of children. Supervision is also key to preventing tragic child injuries. Of course, it is difficult to prevent all injuries from occurring. However, simple safety measures and supervision can help avoid many unfortunate incidents from taking place.

While a child's fall from a hayloft may not be that common, injuries sustained in playgrounds In Michigan and other States are quite common. The same principles of safety measures, safety equipment, and supervision apply to playgrounds. Typically, playgrounds typically have a number of elevated platforms. For young children, the elevated platforms can be quite fun but also quite dangerous. Make sure that the playground is age appropriate for your child and designed in a way that provides for the safety of your child. Always maintain good supervision when your child is in a playground area. Maintaining supervision over a child while he or she is playing will decrease the likelihood that he or she will fall and sustain personal injuries because you, as a supervisor, will be able to quickly spot when the child has climbed too high, is running too fast, or is otherwise engaging in risky behavior on play equipment. Another way to prevent children from sustaining person injuries is to check the play equipment for its condition and safety before allowing children to play on the equipment. If you would like to read more safety tips concerning playground hazards please read Playground Hazards - What Parents, Teachers, Day Care Providers and Others Can Do to Help Prevent Child Personal Injuries on Playgrounds?.

October 19, 2010

Serious Automobile Accident in Livingston County - Green Oak Township Michigan

By Mark H. Freedman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A two-car crash in Michigan killed five and left others in serious or critical condition. Heather Comstock, 18, her boyfriend, Matthew Kostoe, 18, and Sarina Seger, 18, were driving a Toyota Prius home after attending an annual football game against Michigan State University. While driving home, authorities say, the Prius crossed the median and slammed into an oncoming Chevrolet Blazer, killing two adults and injuring three children. The victims in the SUV were identified as Cythia Skutt, 62, and Alfred King, 56, both from Fremont, Ohio. Another 18-year-old was in Prius who was in critical condition, according to officials. If you would like to read more on this incident please see Crash in Michigan kills five and leaves others seriously or critically injured.

It was not reported in the news article what caused the Prius to cross the median. A full investigation will be conducted by local police and / or the Michigan Highway Patrol as to the details and cause of the accident. The cause of the accident may have been from distracted driving. Then again, it could have been from a mechanical defect in the vehicle. There have been many reported accidents that have been caused by an animal crossing the road. As you can see, there can be a single event or cause of a combination of events that led to this most unfortunate automobile accident.

The deaths of these victims are a tragedy for their families and their community. Automobile-related fatalities happen very frequently.

When an automobile accident takes place, it may be a good opportunity to speak to your children about safe driving. It may also be a good opportunity for you to step back and examine your own driving habits.

To keep roadways safer drivers should always be attentive to their surroundings and keep their focus on the road. Distracted driving occurs everyday and has proven to be fatal. Distracted driving activities include but are not limited to: reading, drinking, eating, grooming, talking to other passengers and talking or texting on the cell phone while driving. Engaging in these activities will take a drivers focus off the road. Parents and guardians should inform their children about the dangers of distracted driving, which will, hopefully, make roadways safer, especially for our youth. Some accidents are caused by distracted driving while others are caused by careless driving. In some instances, there is a mechanical defect that causes the accident. While it would be unrealistic to think that every accident can be avoided, all drivers and owners of vehicles should do their best to avoid activities that are distracting to the task of driving including eating, talking on mobile phones, texting, dealing with child issues, and other activities. In addition, all drivers and owners should bring the vehicle in for routine maintenance and inspection. Finally, while it is well known, drinking and / or drug use affect safe driving. If you are impaired in any way from drugs, alcohol, illness, or just being drowsy, get a ride or have someone else drive your vehicle. Yes, these are basic and well known safety tips but they can also save lives.

September 8, 2010

Blackman Township Michigan Pit Bull Dog Owners Face Criminal Charges - Serious Personal Injuries to 6 Year Old Girl

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

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Recently, in Jackson County, Michigan, a 6-year-old girl, Tyah Norris, sustained serious personal injuries to her face and skull after the child was mauled by a group of pit bulls. It was reported that one of Tyah's tear ducts was injured and part of her skull is gone. At the hospital, Tyah's mother stated her daughter had stitches all over her face and was still in pain. And, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Tyah is in serious condition.

The incident occurred while Tyah was playing with a friend in Blackman Township, Michigan. Apparently one of the pit bulls knocked the child down and, after she was down, the other pit bulls joined in on the attack. All of the dogs have since been euthanized and their owners were charged with keeping a dangerous animal that caused serious injury. If you would like to read more on this story please see 6-year-old girl reportedly in serious condition and sustained serious personal injuries after attacked by a group of pit bulls.

This incident is a tragedy for Tyah's family and her community. Although domesticated, dogs are still inherently dangerous animals with inherent animal-instincts to attack. If a child is around a dog there should always be an adult or other responsible person capable of restraining the dog supervising. Children are too often the tragic victims of dog-related personal injuries. Dog owners and parents should use their best efforts and judgment to take actions to prevent dog bite injuries from occurring. To read some common strategies to prevent dog-bite-related injuries please see Preventing Dog Bite Injuries to Children.

August 31, 2010

Concussions - Michigan High School Athletic Associates Sets New Policies and Procedures for Safety of Student Athletes

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

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Vicksburg 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.

Because of the seriousness of concussions and in attempt to protect it teens and younger child athletes, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) is making "one of the biggest rule changes ever." Starting this fall, athletes in any sport who show signs of a concussion during a game must be pulled from play and evaluated by a doctor. If a doctor is not immediately available or the doctor has concluded that the athlete did sustain a concussion, the athlete will have to sit out for the rest of the game. And, in either case, the student athlete will not be able to return to play until the athlete gets a doctor's written permission to resume play. If you would like to read more about this story see MHSAA sets stricter rules for athletes with concussions.

Teenagers and younger children are especially vulnerable physically. Therefore, concussions can have more dramatic effects upon these younger individuals than adults. It is a good start that MHSAA is taking these extra precautions and protecting student athletes.

July 19, 2010

Dangers of Drunk Parenting - Couple Arrested in Michigan

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

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A 30-year-old woman and 52-year-old man were arrested in Ypsilanti, Michigan after authorities found the couple pushing a baby stroller holding two young boys with containers of alcohol and a bayonet inside the stroller. A statement by police said that police were called after the woman was observed trying to remove a bicycle off of a porch at 1:30 a.m, Friday, July 2. The two boys were 1-year and 4-years-old. The officers described the weapon as a "double-edged bayonet." the children were turned over to a relative and charges are pending. To read more on this story see Drunken couple arrested, alcohol and a bayonet were found inside the couple's stroller.

Alcohol affects the portions of the brain that control judgment. A principal effect of alcohol is to slow brain activity, resulting in slurred speech, slowed reaction time, blurry or impaired vision and hazy thinking. Children should be in the care of responsible, competent adults and should never be around weapons of any sort. If you keep dangerous weapons in your home or have license to carry them, you need to ensure these weapons are completely inaccessible to children. Children are very vulnerable and adults, parents, caretakers, daycare providers, etc. have the duty to protect children from harm - constant, alert and competent supervision without impaired senses is a must.

July 3, 2010

Michigan Supreme Court Rules that Liability Waivers Are Not Shields to Negligence Causing Personal Injury to Children

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

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The Michigan Supreme Court handed down a decision that may have an effect on businesses and schools within the state that offer recreational activities for minors. The Supreme Court of Michigan ruled that a parent's signature on an injury waiver does not waive the legal rights of a child who is hurt at play. Essentially, a parental signature on behalf of a child binds the child to the contract. The Michigan Supreme Court said that parents do not have the authority to do such. The court's decision reasoned that Michigan's common law prevented a parent from entering into a contract restricting the rights of a child.

The case involved a 5-year-old boy, Trent Woodman, who broke his leg at Bounce Party, an indoor recreation center, after he jumped down an inflatable slide. Woodman's mother sued the owner of Bounce Party claiming improper supervision and negligence on behalf of the recreation center; the child was not provided a pad to move down the slide as required by the device's manufacturer.

The dissenting justices predicted that the majority's interpretation of the Michigan's common law would result in widespread fallout because of increased liability risks for recreation sponsors. Justice Stephen Markman, a dissenting justice, said consequences of the majority's decision will be felt throughout the state, "including both an increase in litigation and a reduction in sporting and recreational opportunities for children." However, justice Diana Hathaway said the dissent's predictions of doom were overstated. Justice Hathaway stated that children will still continue to play sports or other recreational activities and go to bounce parties, just as they do in other states. The family's lawyer, Paul McCarthy, said anyone who takes a child into their custody "needs to be held to the minimum standards required by law." To read more about this topic see Michigan Supreme Court rules against enforceability of injury waivers. You can read more about inflatable bounce devices at Dangers of Inflatable Slides and Bounce Houses at Parties and Amusement Centers.

The validity of parental waivers is ruled upon State by State. Some States may very well enforce them while others may not. It is certainly against public policy to allow a business, individual or other entity to act with reckless disregard or negligence and avoid legal responsibility for such actions. The Michigan Court's decision is a good one for child safety and public policy.

June 25, 2010

Michigan Governor Signs Day Care Laws - Stricter Reporting Requirements Should Provide Parents with Better Information About Michigan Day Care Centers

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

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Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into state law Senate Bills 723 and 724, which will give parents more information about the day care providers they choose for their children. Public Act 85 will require day care providers to maintain a licensing notebook. This notebook will contain background information on the day care provider such as licensors renewals, past violations, or any special investigation that has been conducted by the Department of Human Services (DHS). This licensing notebook will be available to parents during operating hours. Also, DHS will not issue or renew a license to day care provider if there has been a past revocation of a license due to a violation that resulted in serious injury or death of a child while under the providers care. Public Act 86 will require DHS to list the number and nature of all special investigations conducted by DHS or any home classified as high risk. These new laws should provide parents with more important information about day care providers.

Laws such as Senate Bills 723 and 724 should empower parents and guardians with more information about day care centers. Requiring day care centers to provide detailed information to parents is a step towards making these facilities safer havens for children. Facilities that fail to follow the rules will eventually be closed down by the State or will go out of business as parents will select day care centers that follow the rules and pay attention to detail.

To read more about these new laws see New Michigan Laws Provide More Information to Parents about Day Care Providers.

April 12, 2010

Chid Injury In Dispute at Wyoming, Michigan - Did Bite Marks Occur at Day Care Center or Elsewhere?

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

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In Michigan and other States, children are enrolled in day care centers. The hope, wish, desire, and expectation of every parent is that the child will be safe during the day and that the Michigan day care center will provide the child with a clean and well staffed play and learning environment. In Wyoming, Michigan, a mother (Patricia Ochoa) believes that her son (18 months old) suffered child personal injuries at his day care center - Little Blossom Day Care. The day care center denies that the boy suffered injuries in the form of bite marks and bruises while attending the day care center. The Michigan Department of Human Services will investigate the incident. See Mother Says Michigan Toddler Bitten at Day Care Center.

In cases involving injuries at a day care center, it is some times difficult to prove the cause and timing of the injuries. An investigation by the Michigan Department of Human Services along with a review of the medical records and photographs may shed some light on the facts of this case.

Supervision at both home and the day care center together helps avoid most child personal injuries. Furthermore, if an injury does occur while a child is supervised, there is at least information available (if the adult reports it) as to the cause and mechanism of the child personal injury.

April 10, 2010

Saginaw, Michigan Women Exchanges 10 Year Old Girl Under Care for Cocaine - 10 Year Old Sexually Assaulted by Man

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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A most disturbing news story was reported out of Saginaw, Michigan. It was reported that a care giver of a 10 year old girl traded the girl to man for cocaine. Thereafter, the man sexually assaulted the 10 year old girl. The woman (Angela Blackwell) was arrested and the man (Johnnie L. Griffin) is being sought by police. Both face felony charges. Each will be entitled to the defense of a public defender or a private criminal attorney. If the allegations are true and can be proved, prison time will be in order of these defendants.

A combination of poor judgment and drug abuse often times leads to the harm of children. It is vital that young children are cared for and nurtured by parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, day care workers, and others. A child should be protected and not sold off or traded for sex. You can read more about this story at Michigan Woman Traded Out Girl for Cocaine.

January 13, 2010

National Study on Family Out of Pocket Expenses for Special Needs Children

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
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A new study done by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and partially funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, has quantified the extra financial burden carried by low-income families with a special needs child. The study was designed to look at cash outlay for special medical services based on the state in which the affected family lives. The study found that the financial burden varies significantly from state to state.

The most impacted families are low-income families in Georgia, who spend an average of an extra $971.22 in out of pocket expenses for a child requiring special medical care. Massachusetts had the lowest out of pocket expenses at $561.97. Florida was number forty six with $855.19.

The study also looked at the percentage of affected families paying for extra care out of pocket; Mississippi had the highest percentage, with 94% of families with a special needs child paying extra expenses for their care. Michigan had the lowest percentage at 86%. Not surprisingly, states with more substantial Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs place the least financial strain on families. Read more about the study and see the full list of extra payments by state at Special-needs families hit hard by out-of-pocket health care costs.

January 1, 2010

Oscoda Michigan – Police Investigating Death of Twelve Year Old Girl Hit by a Car

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

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Oscoda Township, Michigan police are investigating an accident in a supermarket parking lot that took the life of a twelve year old girl. Reportedly, the driver of a 1999 Buick was backing out of his parking space when he lost control of the vehicle due to an alleged mechanical failure. The car spun out of its spot in reverse, crashing into the entrance of the market where a woman and three children where exiting. All three children were hit by the car, the twelve year old died at a local hospital, a nine year old girl was airlifted to the hospital, and a four year old boy was treated and released. The driver of the Buick has been questioned, but no charges have been filed.

This very tragic accident is an example of the terrible injuries that can be caused by a mechanical failure. While the specific failure in this case was not mentioned, it will certainly be the subject of much scrutiny if this case goes to court. Find out more about this tragic accident that took the life of a child at Police Investigating Child Death in Iosco County.

November 26, 2009

Michigan Law Distinguishes Babysitting from Required Day Care Licesning

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

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In 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.

A friend or neighbor who gratuitously watches a child is not subject to regulation. With or without this law in effect, there is a problem in Michigan and other States with people who operate a day care center without obtaining a proper license. Parents should be wary and cautious about using such facilities. Without State oversight and inspections, many unlicensed day care centers have safety and supervision issues that put children in danger.

October 10, 2009

5 Year Old Child Dies in ORV (Off Road Vehicle) Accident in Iron River Township, Michigan

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

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In Iron River Township, Michigan, a 5 year old died in an ORV (Off Road Vehicle) accident. The accident took place on Amvets Highway in the morning. The driver of the ORV was Kimberly Lewis, a 36 year old woman from Larsen, Wisconsin. Ms. Lewis suffered a leg injury. The child, who was wearing a helmet, died as a result of the accident. While helmets are necessary safety devices, they cannot prevent all serious injuries from ORVs (Off Road Vehicles) or ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles). You can read more about this story at 5 Year Old Dies in Off Road Vehicle Accident in Michigan.

July 14, 2009

Driver Suffers Serious Personal Injuries After Crashing into Car and Then Day Care Center in Genoa Township, Michigan

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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