October 8, 2013

What if a Child is Abused, Neglected, or Raped in a Day Care Center?

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

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In Ohio and other States, day care centers should be safe havens for children where they can play, learn, and feel safe. Unfortunately, some day care center workers use their positions of trust to prey on children and even infants in day care centers.

In Elyria, Ohio, it was reported that a day care center worker - Heather Coon - was charged and arrested for two counts of rape. Investigators discovered disturbing video evidence of a person engaging in inappropriate, disturbing, and horrendous acts against an infant. Koon and her boyfriend, James Osborne, were arrested and then held in Lorain County Jail. Since this is a criminal case, both Koon and Osborne will be entitled to representation by an Ohio criminal defense attorney or the public defender's office. The video has not been released to the general public as of this time and may not in the future due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter on the video. You can read more about this story at Ohio Day Care Center Charged with Raping a Baby After Police Discover Video. It was reported that the Ohio day care center (ABC Kidz) is cooperating with the investigation of this most serious matter.

It is certainly a harrowing real life nightmare for the parents of a child abused or neglected in a day care center. Actual videos and photographs serve as powerful evidence in cases of this nature. The videos and photographs are also a visualization that a parent will never be able to forget. The criminal case must be developed and go through the required processes and procedures. Evidence must be gathered, authenticated, and formally admitted into evidence. Witness statements and other evidence will also be collected in the criminal case as well.

When a child is neglected or otherwise harmed at a day care center, it is important that the parents and child get support from other family members, their church or other religious affilitations, the neighborhood, community, and, yes, both the civil and criminal justice systems. Law enforcement and the local prosecutor's office will be resppnsible for the criminal investigation. Parents can also have their own legal representation during a criminal procedure. While a Child Injury Lawyer will not be able to directly control the prosecution or criminal court proceedings, a Child Injury Lawyer can help guide the parents through the process andhelp the parents voice their concerns on behalf of the child.

In addition to the criminal proceedings, the parents of the victimized child may decide to pursue a civil claim or case against the day care worker individually and / or the day care center that employed the day care center worker. There will be a number of facts and circumstances to review and investigate including the following:

How many times was the child abused or neglected at the day care center?

What training was provided to the day care center worker?

Was a background check performed? Updated?

What supervision was provided at the facility?

Where did the incidents take place?

Did the supervisors or management have knowledge of the incidents?

What actions could have been taken to prevent or stop the incidents from taking place?

Did the day care center follow its own procedures as to the care of the child?

Did the day care center follow the applicable State regulations in caring for the child?

When a child is injured at a day care center, school, or other locations, a parent may be able to pursue a claim or case on behalf of the injured child. Each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances. 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, Playground Injuries, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.


September 30, 2013

What if a Child is Injured as a Result of a Go-Kart / Go-Cart Accident?

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

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Children enjoy driving or riding in Go-Karts / Go-Carts in neighborhoods, amusement parks, and other areas. While it can be quite fun to ride in a Go-Kart, it can also be quite dangerous. It is impractical to be able to prevent every injury that could result from the use of Go-Karts / Go-Carts; however, many injuries and incidents could be prevented or lessened from keeping in mind the following:

What is the recommended age level for use of the Go-Kart?

What is the recommended height - weight (minimum / maximum) for the Go-Kart?

Is the Go-Kart being well maintained, inspected, and repaired?

Is the driver and rider using proper helmets?

How many riders are recommended by the manufacturer?

Is the Go-Kart being driven in a proper area / terrain?

Is parental supervison being provided during the use of the Go-Kart?

Has a parent authorized each child to use or ride the Go-Kart?

In 2000, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commisson) reported on a 10 year study that was conducted as to the injuries related to Go-Kart use. The study reported on the occurence of injuries, age ranges of children injured, and the deaths related to Go-Karts accident. You can read more about this study at Go-Karts Related Injuries and Deaths to Children.

In Leonardtown, Ohio, it was reported that a three year old child was injured in a Go-Kart accident. See Child Injured in Go-Kart Accident. The news report did not contain much in the way of details; however, the story is a good reminder of the dangers of Go-Karts in general and the importance of safet precautions.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injures, Theme Park and Attraction Injuries, Medical Insurance and Treatment, and other topics. While the book does not have a chapter per se on Go-Kart accidents, the book has information that could be applied to a variety of cases and injuries include those related to Go-Kart accidents. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

December 25, 2012

What are the Rights of Injured Children and their Parents Following an Automobile Accident?

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Alan Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Ohio and other States, it is important for drivers to obey traffic signals, posted speed limit signs, and otherwise drive in a safe and reasonable manner. Many automobile accidents are preventable if a driver follows road signs and traffic regulations. When a driver is careless or otherwise drives in a negligent manner, accidents take place which can and do cause personal injuries and, in some accidents, the wrongful death of children and others.

The book titled - When the Wheels Stop Spinning - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Parents Need to Know After the Accident. This book has chapters on Insurance Coverage, Automobile Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Wrongful Death, Damages - Settlement - Compensation, and other topics. You can get this book for free at When the Wheels Stop Spinning.

A recent accident was reported in Warren County near the town of Franklin, Ohio. It was reported that a 1997 Dodge Minivan was heading southbound in the northbound lanes on Interstate 75. Tragically, this minivan crashed into another minivan. This accident resulted in the deaths of four people and serious personal injuries of two other people. You can read more about this accident at Minivan to Minivan Fatal Accident Reported in Warren County, Ohio.

October 17, 2012

What are the Legal Rights of a Child Pedestrian or Passenger Injured by Stunts on or with a Motor Vehicle?

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Alan Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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.

March 23, 2012

Driver of SUV Backs Over Toddler in Driveway Then Flees the Scene

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Alan Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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.

March 5, 2012

Bowling Green Ohio - Tragic Death of Sorority Sisters - Legal Rights and Responsibilities

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Ohio, the death of a child - whether an infant to a college student or older - is a parent's worst nightmare. The death of a child in most cases is unexpected and often times preventable. It is most unfortunate when a child's life ends as a result of the neglience and carelessness of others. When a child (even a child over the age of 18 years of age) dies as a result of the negligent acts of others, a claim or lawsuit can be pursued by the parents and / or estate of the child. The Ohio Wrongful Death case must be brought by the personal representative of the Estate of the deceased child. The following damages can be claimed pursuant to the Ohio Wrongful Death Act:

(1) Loss of support from the reasonably expected earning capacity of the decedent;

(2) Loss of services of the decedent;

(3) Loss of the society of the decedent, including loss of companionship, consortium, care, assistance, attention, protection, advice, guidance, counsel, instruction, training, and education, suffered by the surviving spouse, dependent children, parents, or next of kin of the decedent;

(4) Loss of prospective inheritance to the decedent’s heirs at law at the time of the decedent’s death;

(5) The mental anguish incurred by the surviving spouse, dependent children, parents, or next of kin of the decedent.

See >Ohio Revised Code - Section 2125.

It was recently reported that three sorority sisters on their way to an airport for a Spring Break trip died as a result of a crash with another vehicle. It was reported that the driver of the other vehicle was driving the wrong direction or wrong way on the roadway. The college students were part of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Their deaths are certainly great losses for their families, friends, communities, their sorority, and the Bowling Green University campus. See Wrong Way Crash Kills Three Ohio Sorority Sisters.

When a child dies a a result of the wrongful, negligent, or careless acts of others, a parent can pursue a claim for the wrongful death of the child. The statutes, laws, and cases on point can be quite confusing and complicated. It also can be a challenge dealing with the insurance companies and other issues. An Ohio Child Injury Lawyer can guide and direct a parent through the insurance claim and legal processes associated with the untimely and wrongful death of a child. These cases are handled on a contingency basis which means if there is no recovery - there are no attorney fees or costs owed to the attorney. The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Automobile Accidents, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

March 2, 2012

Ohio Corporal Punishment in a Day Care Center - What Are the Legal Rights of Compensation for the Injured Child?

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Ohio and other States, children should be provided with adequate and appropriate care in a child care / day care center. Children should be supervised in a caring involvement free from abuse and neglect. Unfortunately, many children are injured in Ohio day care centers due to negligence and some due to the intentional acts of day care workers. Corporal Punishment is a form of discipline used by some child care providers. Physical and emotional acts of discipline can have a lasting effect on a child. Whether Corporal Punishment results in physical injuries or not, it should be reported to the facility and to the State licensing authorities.

When a child is subjected to Corporal Punishment in a day care center, it is often helpful to have the advise of a Child Injury Lawyer. There are often issues with State laws and regulations, medical treatment, damages, 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, School Injuries, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

An allegation of corporal punishment / beating was reported in Washington Township / Montgomery County, Ohio. It was reported that a 3 year old child was subject to corporal punishment while attending the day care center - Debbye's Darling Daycare and Learning Center Too. The Dayton Daily News reported that an Incident Report was filed regarding the alleged corporal punishment incident. See Alleged Beating at Ohio Day Care Center.

January 31, 2012

Dangers of Hot Cars to Children Enrolled in Day Care Centers - Legal Rights and Criminal Proceedings

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Children are at risk for personal injuries and, in some instances, even die when left in a day care center van, bus, or vehicle. The exposure of the child to extreme heat or cold can lead to hyperthermia or hypothermia. This, in turn, can have fatal consequences and end the life of an innocent child. Whether the child is left in a vehicle for convenience or left in the vehicle due to negligence, inattention, or forgetfulness, the results can be the same. The problem is that many day care providers and child care providers do not recognize or understand the risks of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle even for a few minutes. It is vital that a day care center have policies and procedures in place when transporting a child and that the day care center FOLLOW these policies and procedures. By properly completing a simple checklist - a child's life can be saved.

When a child suffers an injury or death as a result of the negligence or improper supervision at a day care center, a child injury attorney can help the family pursue a civil case or claim for damages. The attorney can seek compensation for the child and family for medical bills, funeral bills, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other damages. 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, Automobile Accidents, Damages / Compensation, and other topics. Get the book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

Proper safety precautions should be followed for the health, safety, and well being of each child enrolled in a day care center. The following safety precautions should be followed when transporting a child enrolled in a day care center:

1. Attendance Sheet. An attendance sheet or checklist should be maintained that contains the name of each child transported by the day care center.

2. Roll Call When Loading the Bus. A roll call should be taken when the child loads the bus.

3. Roll Call When Unloading the Bus. A roll call should be taken when the child unloads from the bus.

4. Sweep or Walk Through of Bus, Van, or Vehicle. A visual sweep and walk through of the van, bus, or vehicle should be completed to make sure that no children have been left in the vehicle.

5. Roll Call at Destination / Day Care Center. When the children are unloaded from the bus and arrive at the destination, another roll call should be taken when the children are off the bus.

6. Installation and Use of Alarm. A van or bus alarm can be installed in the vehicle. The alarm will sound until turned off. Typically, the alarm is installed in the back of the bus so that the driver or attendant is forced to walk to the back of the vehicle to turn off the alarm. This, in turn, will require the driver / attendant to check the entire bus / van.

When a child is injured as a result of being left in a day care center van or bus, criminal charges are often times pressed against the day care center operator and / or the driver / attendant with the day care center. It was reported in Akron, Ohio that the owner of a home day care center pled No Contest to criminal charges. The case stemmed from the death of a 13 month old girl - Aolani McCray - who was left in a vehicle while under the care of the day care center. Involuntary Manslaughter was the particular charge pursued by law enforcement officials. The day care center operator was sentenced to community control (probation) and community service. See Ohio Day Care Center Operator Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Charges.

December 21, 2011

Accidental Shooting Results in Death of Amish Teen

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Ohio and other States, children are the unfortunate victims of accidental shootings. It was reported in Fredericksburg Ohio that a 15 year old Amish girl - Rachel Yoder - was hit by a stray bullet. At the time of the tragic Ohio shooting, the girl was driving a horse drawn buggy. She was shot in the head. The work of police investigators determined the probable cause of the shooting death of this girl. Apparently, a man shot a rifle into the air approximately 1.5 miles away from where the bullet hit Rachel Yoder. A full investigation will be conducted to determine if the ballistics from the gun match the bullet that ended the life of the Amish teen. See Accidental Shooting of Amish Teen Reported in Ohio.

Accidental shootings are unfortunate statistics that can and do have a lasting effect on the family, neighborhood, church, and community. Nothing can prepare a parent for the news that a child has fallen victim to an accidental shooting or some other incident that ends the short life of the child.

The accidental shooting death of Rachel Yoder should serve as a reminder to all to keep guns secure and to avoid discharging a gun except in remote locations or gun ranges where a stray or errant shot does not put a person in danger of personal injuries and / or death.

The book tiled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Damages / Compensation, Medical Treatment / Medical Care, and other topics. You can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

October 10, 2011

Germantown Ohio Man Sentenced to Prison for Breaking Infant's Leg

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Ohio and other States, children continue to be the unfortunate victims of abuse and neglect at the hands of their parents, family friends, relatives, babysitters, teachers, and / or day care providers. Often times, a caregiver will present a child to an emergency room or a pediatrician and invent a story regarding how the injuries took place. When the history provided does not match the suspected mechanism of injury, state officials should be contacted to further investigate the injuries. The safety and best interests of the child are paramount to any other concerns or issues. Furthermore, a child, who is residing in a potentially abusive or neglected environment, should be removed and cared for in a safe and secure living situation.

In Ohio, it was reported that a Germantown man plead guilty to a count of child endangerment. The child, who was 5 weeks old at the time of the incident, suffered a fractured leg. See Man Who Broke Child's Leg Received Prison Sentence.

September 20, 2011

Ohio Baby Dies from Heat Resulting of Being Left in Hot Car Outside of Day Care Center

By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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An Akron, Ohio day care worker left a 13 month old child in a vehicle outside a local day care center. The vehicle apparently was carrying 5 children. The day care worker brought four of the five children into the center, leaving the fifth child in the vehicle for several hours. According to reports, it was 90 degrees outside. The 13 month old that was left in the vehicle died.

There have been several deaths related to children left in vehicles. On a hot day temperature can reach 180 degrees in a vehicle with dark interiors. It is important not to be distracted when getting out of your vehicle. Day care centers and schools have the responsibility to keep your children safe from harm. Make sure your day care facility has a plan for loading and unloading vehicles and the overall supervision of children. For more information on this subject, see Baby Dies from Heat Resulting of Being Left in Hot Car.

The avoidable death of a child is a tragedy that impacts the family, neighborhood, and the community. Children should always be given priority when it comes to day care supervision, and, yes, transportation. Even a moment of inattention can lead to serious personal injuries and even the death of a child while under the supposed supervision of an Ohio day care center.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, Damages / Compensation, Medical Bills / Treatment, Child Abuse & Neglect, and other topics. The book is provided to parents, families, and others for free at Free Child Injury Book - Guide to Parents - What Every Parent Should Know About Child Injuries - Legal Rights and Compensation.

See also Leaving Children and Pets in Hot Cars Is Dangerous and Can Be Deadly.

September 19, 2011

Race Track Tragic Death of 6 Year Old Boy Reported in Circleville Ohio

By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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

August 21, 2011

Colerain Township Ohio Day Care Worker Facing Criminal Charges of Endangerment - 2 Year Old Left Behind on Day Care Field Trip

By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Quinetta Tubbs, owner of NaNa’s Day Care in Ohio, was charged with child endangering and obstructing official business after leaving a two-year-old Micah Davis at Clippard Park following a field trip. Tracy Davis, Micah’s mother, was informed of the incident by Tubbs. Thereafter, Tubbs asked the mother to lie to the police and tell the police that the child was at a birthday party. Tubbs was released on a $1,000 bond. Child and Family Services is investigating NaNa's Day Care, but the mother said she does not want to press charges.

Day care employees need to be more aware of the children under their guidance, care, and supervision. Children of all ages, including two-year-olds, can get separated from the group easily, especially when on a field trip.

Parents need to make sure their day care centers have precautions in place for when they travel outside of the facility. While there are several ways to keep a group together, one way is to have all of the wear the same T-shirt or same color T-shirt.

Secondly, they should follow single file, and hold hands. Children should be instructed to alert a teacher if the person who was once holding their hand is not holding it anymore. They should also be instructed to alert a teacher if they see someone wander off or if their friend goes missing. Small tasks such as these can make a big difference in keeping children safe on field trips or other outside facility trips.

Finally, and most importantly, a simple checklist that is reviewed and documented before and after each stop can prevent most incidents from taking place.

For more information, see Day Care Worker Accused Of Leaving Toddler At Park


August 20, 2011

Ohio Babysitter Charged for Assaulting Four Year Old Special Needs Child at Water Park

By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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.

August 16, 2011

Teen Dies Following Taser Gun Incident at University of Cincinatti

By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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."


July 28, 2011

Portable Backyard Pools Are Dangerous to Children - Risks of Drownings and Personal Injuries

By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The near drowning of a local Springfield, Ohio infant, Hannah Rodgers has raised awareness for safety issues involving backyard pools, otherwise known as portable pools. According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office report, 14-month-old Rodgers was found unconscious in a portable pool after someone forgot to remove the ladder after swimming.

A new study published in the June issue of Pediatrics confirms that portable pools are dangerous. The study found that every five days during the summer months, an American child drowns in this type of pool. Gary Smith, the author of the study and expert on child injury at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus does not think that parents consider the safety issues when they buy a portable pool. ‘In hardly any time at all, you can set one of these up… It’s different from an in-ground pool, where a lot of forethought (has to) go into it,’ Smith said.

Smith is concerned that the most effective pool safety devices, such as pool fences, can cost more than the pool itself. Smith’s Center for Injury Research and Policy has scolded pool manufactures for not producing the same safety precautions that are widely available for in-ground pools. Kathleen Reilly, head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s pool safety campaign said that the Federal Regulatory Agency does not require portable pools to come equipped with safety devices. The CPSC only regulates pool drains and filters. However, Reilly acknowledges that the publishers of the study raise a crucial point: ‘The ones about three feet high once you inflate them, those are the ones that are really dangerous,’ she said.

According to the study, easy safety measures such as removing pool ladders and locking all doors to the outside prevent the largest percentage of drownings. For more information on this study and topic, see Portable backyard pools dangerous to young children.

July 20, 2011

Athens County Day Care Centers - Sheriff Investigating Allegations as to Sexual Groping

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Sheriff Pat Kelly and the Athens County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating claims as to sexual groping at two local at home day care centers. Children of six families claimed t hat a 72-year-old man had inappropriate contact with their children in Athens County. The day care centers are located in the Dover Township and Trimble areas.

The alleged victims are all under five years old. The Sheriff’s Office has identified a person of interest. This person is not an employee of either of the day care centers. Kelly said that currently the charges consist of ‘just petting and groping’ of the children. There are no acts that qualify as a more serious charge such as rape, though that is possible if more information is revealed, said Kelly. Kelly is not releasing the identity of the person of interest because no formal charges have been filed.

According to Kelly, the investigators are awaiting the return of a DNA evidence analysis by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. However, he would not say what type of physical evidence was being tested. The person of interest has been told to stay away from the Ohio day care centers until the investigation is over. For more information on this topic, see Sheriff looks into allegations at 2 daycares.

July 20, 2011

Dover Township, Ohio - Investigation into Allegations of Groping and Molestation by 72 Year Old Men on Multiple Children

By Will Brown Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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.

July 15, 2011

Cleveland Ohio Special Needs Toddler Suffers Severe Burn Injuries -

By Will Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Cleveland, Ohio, the police have arrested five people for abusing a handicapped toddler; the child’s mom and boyfriend were arrested along with three others. According to the police, the suspects burned the handicapped child with a hot iron. The incident occurred at W. 38th and Dension. The person who answered the door at the address claimed it was just an accident, but the child could not even walk, said the police. The grandmother of the child was horrified when she saw the burns on the child’s leg and called for help immediately. The grandmother said that nobody had taken the child to the hospital for treatment or reported the incident to 911.

Certain people in Ohio are required by law to report incidents of child mistreatment, but anyone can make a report of suspected abuse. If a child is in immediate danger, then the police should be notified immediately. In all other circumstances, reports should be made to the DFCS office in the county where the child lives. People who call to report suspected abuse do not have to be certain the abuse occurred but only need to report what they have seen or heard. The authorities will investigate the situation and confirm whether the abuse occurred.

For more information on this topic, see Mother, boyfriend among those arrested after handicapped toddler was severely burned.


June 11, 2011

Crowds and Amusement Parks Returning to Amusement Parks Across the Country: Legal Rights of Guests and Legal Responsibilities of Amusement Park Operators and Owners

By Will Brown, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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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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