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By David A. Wolf
Child Injury Lawyer Blog
Justice Red White and BlueWorking parents do their best to support the family.  In doing so, working families need the services of day care centers.  Most day care centers are well run by caring individuals.  However, there are many day care incidents and wrongful death incidents out there that do and should cause concern for all working parents which children enrolled in a day care center.  When a child dies, there are in many instances more questions than answers and sensible explanations for the death of the child.  It should be made clear that an infant and toddler at a day care center need supervision at all times including sleep and nap time.  When a child mysteriously dies at a day care center, there is typically an investigation by local law enforcement and the social service agency that licenses day care centers.  An autopsy should be performed to help determine the cause and preventability of the death of the child.
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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Building Block - M - Day Care CenterIn Connecticut and other States, day care centers, schools, and summer camps should be safe havens for children. Unfortunately, at these very locations, children are subject to abuse, neglect, and corporal punishment. Let’s face it. Children, at times, will misbehave and fail to follow instructions. However, this is no reason for hitting or striking a child in a day care, school, or summer camp setting. In fact, there are no good reasons to justify the abuse, neglect, corporal punishment, or exploitation of a child. When a child is abused or neglected in a child care setting, there may be one or more legal proceedings that result from the alleged bad conduct of the day care provider. There may be an arrest or criminal prosecution in the form a criminal case. There may be a fine levied against the day care center or a suspension of the license in the form of an administrative procedure. There may also be a civil case or claim against the individual day care center provider and / or business for the injuries / damages suffered by the child. It should be noted that the pursuit of any one of the three types of cases are not dependent on each other. For instance, a civil case or claim can be pursued even if there are no criminal charges filed.

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By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney and  David Wolf, Attorney

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medical_110006043-011314intIn Connecticut and other States, children enjoy running around and playing with friends during recess and free play.  Unfortunately for some children, recess or free play is the site of a serious personal injury.  As a Child Injury Lawyer, I am often asked to evaluate and handle cases involving injuries at schools, day care center, and summer camps.  Some of these injuries take place at recess or free play on the playground or another part of the facility or program.  Commonly, a parent has two concerns about these cases:
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By David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

gun%20handgun%20with%20two%20bullets.jpgTragically, Sandy Hook Elementary School was recently the site of one of the deadliest and senseless school shootings in U.S. history. It has been reported that 20 children and 6 adults were murdered at the school. See Shooting Reported at Connecticut Elementary School.

The lone gunman then apparently turned the gun on himself and also died at the school. The school’s principal and psychologist were listed as two of the casualties of this horrendous and unforgiven act of violence at these innocent children. It is a shame that the lives of innocent children as well as our valued educators and leaders were taken. In the aftermath of this horrific act of violence, what can be learned about the shootings? As a community and nation, are there lessons to be learned in any manner? There certainly will be more questions than answers to this disaster. Why does history (in one form or another) repeat itself? Just the word “Columbine” strikes a tone of sadness and grief for the parents and family members who lost loved ones during that massacre perpetrated by two students.

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By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney

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Education%20Day%20Care%20Building%20Block%20G.jpgIn Connecticut and other States, children are enrolled in day care centers to allow their parents to work their jobs. Many day care centers are well run and do a wonderful job of supervising and caring for the children in the day care center program. Unfortunately, at times, children are the victims of poor care, inadequate supervision, and, in some cases, abuse and neglect by the very same day care center providers who are responsible for their care. When a child is abused or neglected at a Connecticut Day Care Center, it is often times helpful to consult with a Child Injury Lawyer to determine the respective rights to compensation and damages of the injured child.

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By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney
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The Connecticut State Senate recently voted to ban smoking in Connecticut Day Care Centers. The bill passed by a lopsided vote of 35 to 0. This bill makes sense in that smoking has no place in a day care center or around small children. If a person cannot follow such regulation due to a bad smoking habit, that person should find another job or career. You can read more about this Connecticut legislation / laws at Connecticut Lawmakers Vote to Ban Smoking in Connecticut Day Care Centers.

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By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney
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Police and the State Department of Children and Families are involved in a case regarding the “Home Away from Home Daycare Center” based in North Branford, Connecticut. The owner / operator – Laura Pearson was charged with risk of injury to a minor and for assault. The criminal allegations center around a 23 month old girl who was observed with bruises on her left cheek and her right cheek. A doctor at the Yale – New Haven Hospital opined that the bruises were most likely caused by an adult who squeezed the cheeks. Ms. Pearson denies that she harmed the child. She will be entitled to defend herself on these charges through a Connecticut criminal defense lawyer or a public defender. A story reported by Channel 8 News indicated that the 10 year old sister of victim may have witnessed the incident or other incidents involving the Pearson squeezing the infant’s cheeks.

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By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney

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computer%20mouse.jpgIn Connecticut, police arrested a convicted sex offender for having child pornography including photographs and images on a computer. Due to the large number of images located (20,000 – Twenty Thousand), it appears unlikely that the images were accidentally downloaded or mistakenly placed on the computers. Of course, the criminal defendant (Charles Heaton – age 60) in this case will be entitled to the services of a public defender or a private criminal defense attorney.

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By Jeremy Vishno, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney

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educations%20school%20day%20care%20alphabet%20on%20black%20chalkboard.jpgIn Connecticut and other states, parents take their children to day care centers with the expectation that their children will be safe. Unfortunately, incidents and accidents happen in day care centers in Connecticut that cause personal injuries to children or put them at risk. In Stamford, Connecticut, it was reported that the driver of a minivan mistakenly crashed her vehicle into the day care center. Apparently, she mistook the gas / acceleration pedal for the brake at the time of the incident. Fortunately, there were no personal injuries reported from this incident. See Minivan Crashes into Day Care Center in Stamford, Connecticut. This is not an isolated event as there have been other incidents or reports of vehicles crashing into day care centers as a result of negligent driving or the negligent driver of another vehicle.

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By Stephanie F. Brown, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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Police departments and law enforcement agencies are using text messaging to help solve crimes. Anderson Software is a company that provides software / technology that allows text messengers to anonymously send in a text message crime tip. The text message goes through a third party computer server, assigned an encrypted alias and then finally forwarded to the police. Many people feel that they will be identified as a snitch when informing the police of important information. By using this technology, some police believe that more people will help police in solving old crimes and preventing new ones from taking place. You can read more about this technology at Text a Crime Tip Programs Assist Police.