By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
The Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel was established by Maine State Statutes to study the causes and incidents of serious injuries and child deaths in the State of Maine. The Panel reviewed 45 deaths deaths and serious injuries that took place between 1998 and 2003. The Panel is mandated by Maine Statutes. The Panel has a very small staff and has many cases to review. When there is a child death or serious injury in Maine, a personal injury attorney and law firm can also help investigate the cause and manner of death or serious personal injury. Many children in Maine and the New England area are the unfortunate victims of serious injury or death from automobile accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, bus accidents, drownings, head traumas, accident and intentional shootings, and abuse / neglect.
According to the study by the Maine Panel, the most common causes of death were caused by head trauma and asphyxia. The study concluded that both professionals and residents in Maine alike missed signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. The study also noted that some psychological testing of parenting skills and abilities were of poor quality. Maine families were noted to be aware of the issues and dangers of gun ownership, but the panel still stressed the importance of gun safety. The 66 page study on deaths and injuries to Maine children can be accessed online at Report of Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel. You can read more about the mission, purpose, goals and staff of the Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel at State Spotlight – Maine – Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panels.