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When the Department of Family and Children Services Drops the Ball in Georgia – What Are the Legal Rights Resulting from a Child’s Wrongful Death?

By Scott Zahler, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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The Georgia Department of Family and Children Services is the State of Georgia agency responsible for the supervision and monitoring of foster care child placement in Georgia. It is the responsibility of the Department of Family and Children Services and the staff members to properly monitor and document foster care that is provided for children under the authority and supervision of the State of Georgia. Unfortunately, at times, the system and staff members of the Department of Family and Children Services fail a child or “drop the ball” which, in turn, can cause serious personal injuries and the deaths of innocent children.

The Georgia Department of Family and Children Services should conduct frequent in-house inspections and interviews with foster parents to make sure that the child is being cared for in a clean and safe living environment. If there are warnings or signs that a child is at risk or danger, then the Department of Family and Children Services should take immediate action to remove the child from the dangerous location and make sure that the child is provided adequate and appropriate housing and supervision in a safer location. When the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services fails to actor sales director felt directed at Pinewood Manor a child can be an unfortunate wrongful death victim in the system. Under these facts and circumstances, isoglosses maybe brought for the wrongful death of the child against the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. These cases can be quite confusing and complicated. Because of this, it is important to retain the services of a Georgia Child Injury Lawyer for consultation, advice, and legal representation. A Georgia Child Injury Lawyer can advise a parent as to the rights to compensation and damages for the injuries and / or wrongful death to the child.

A recent story posted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on the death of Nasir Patrick who died as a result of traumatic head injuries. Law enforcement and government officials have ruled that the death was caused by homicide. Nasir was only 4 years old at the time of his unfortunate and tragic death. Due to bureaucracy and confusion, there were no visits to the home where the child resided for approximately 2 months. Apparently, the child died as a result of the delayed medical complications due to blunt force head trauma. Following the death of the child, three DFCS employees were fired. Read more about this story at Georgia DFCS – Death of Nasir Patrick.