Articles Posted in Maine

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Maine and Other States, people enjoy the sport of snow skiing and snow boarding. Most injuries are suffered while attempting to maneuver the slopes. There are risks associated with snow boarding and snow skiing. Of course, the level of risks depends on the following: condition of the slope, steep or level of the slope, weather conditions, experience of the skier, presence and ski level of other skiers / snow boarders, and other factors. There are also risks with the travel to and from the slopes through the use of ski lifts. In Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine, a lift broke leaving some visitors injured and others trapped for a time period. It was reported that 9 visitors were injured and 200 were trapped. You can read more about this story at Skiers Trapped and Injured in Maine.

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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Fire%20Truck.jpgThe Lewiston (Maine) Sun Journal reports that an early morning fire claimed the life of 9-year old Taylor McQueeney. A candle used as a light source, after the Central Maine Power Company shut off the electricity to the apartment for non-payment, ignited a bed. The fire spread quickly. Taylor McQueeney had spent the night with her cousins, 18-year old Nathan Cote and 25-year old Justin Cote. Craig Austin, age 39, rented the apartment. According to police, the men ran an extension cord from a second floor apartment up to their third floor apartment to power a television and video games, but used candles for light.

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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The 4th of July holiday time period results in heavy traffic and a number of automobile accidents and deaths on roads in Maine, New Hampshire and across the United States. In New Hampshire, a Lewiston, Maine woman (Rachel Metivier) died in a head on collision with another vehicle. Two children and a man from Maine suffered serious injuries as well. The accident took place on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire. The injury victims also included 3 others from another vehicle. Two people from the other vehicle also died. The news reports did not list a cause of the accident but it was reported as a head on collision between two vehicles. Due to the death and the seriousness of these injuries, a full police investigation will be completed to determine the cause of the accident. You can read about this accident at Lewiston, Maine Woman (Rachel Metivier) Dies, Other Injured in New Hampshire Automobile Accident.

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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In Maine and other states, child predators and sexual offenders are exploiting and abusing children every day. In some instances, it is the parent who is exploiting or molesting the child. In Mars Hill, Maine, Julie Carr, age 30, is the mother of four children. British investigators tracked her down to her Maine home after she was webcasting a sexual assault of her young child. Really, what was this lady thinking? While she will be entitled to a public defender if she cannot afford an attorney, there is an electronic trail of sorts and video of these heinous acts. Authorities removed all four children from her home. You can read more about this story at Maine Mom Nabbed in International Child Pornography Sting.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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Map%20of%20United%20States%20black%20and%20white%20showing%20all%20States.jpgThe United States Department of Health and Human Resources has a website that has a great reference tool for parents and caregivers with children in day care centers and child care centers. Each state regulates day care centers / child care centers through a state specific administrative code and / or policy manual. Go to State Administrative Rules and Policy Manuals for Child Care. Another good resource is located at the website for the National Resource Center for

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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State%20Map%20Maine.jpgIn Maine, working parents and caregivers place their children in day care centers with both the hope and expectation that their children will be properly cared for. Day care center owners, administrators, and staff have the duty to supervise the children and protect their health, safety, and welfare. Unfortunately, some day care owners, administrators, and staff take advantage of this position of trust and use it to harm, molest, assault, and / or batter children. In Glenburn, Maine, a day care owner did just that. Ronald Earl Tewhey, age 49, was sentenced for his crimes against children. Mr. Tewhey molested a 10 year old girl who was a student at the day care center. He also molested a 17 year old girl as well.

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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health%20medical%20syringe%20close%20up%20white%20background.jpgAccording to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology mistakes in medication given to cancer patients occurs all too frequently. The study found 22 errors among 117 visits (18.8% error rate) to a pediatric oncology clinic. The study found 90 errors among 1,262 visits (7.1% error rate) to three adult oncology clinics. Most errors involved incorrect doses of medication. Of the adult medication errors, 61% had the potential to cause injury and 12% in fact caused patient injury. Of the pediatric medication errors, 41% had the potential to cause injury and 18% did cause injury. You can read more about the study at Medication Errors Involving Pediatric Cancer Patients.

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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household%20microwave%20with%20clock%20white.jpgA two-year old Waterville, Maine boy suffered serious burns from a microwave oven fire at his home. It appears that the toddler placed nonmicrowaveable items such as a bottle of perfume and a metal fork into the microwave. A flash fire resulted when he started the microwave. The boy’s mother heard a pop and went downstairs to investigate. She found her son with clothing on fire. She patted the fire out. An ambulance transported the boy to Inland Hospital in Waterville. Once stabilized, he was flown to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston for further treatment of the personal injuries / burns suffered as a result of this fire.

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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Fire%20Truck.jpgSouth Portland Maine firefighters found a mother and her young son unconscious in their apartment apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. A heater used to keep warm after losing power is the presumed cause of the poisoning. Both mother and child initially received treatment at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, but subsequently were transported to a Boston hospital for treatment. Three residents of a second apartment unit complained of headaches and received care at Maine Medical Center. You can read more about the incident at South Portland Maine Mother and Young Son Poisoned by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

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By Anthony Ferguson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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crayons%20in%20a%20circle.jpgAre Day Care Centers in Maine required to carry liability insurance? The simple answer to this important question is Yes. Liability insurance will cover medical bills and the pain and suffering of an injured child that result from the negligence or lack of supervision of the day care facility and its employees. The Maine Department of Heath and Human Services (DHHS) requires that day care centers have liability insurance in place of at least $100,000. There are some exception for this requirement if a person is using his or her own home for a day care program. Most day care centers are operated as a business outside of one’s home. A children’s day care facility or center is defined as a house or other place in which a person carries out a regular program for consideration (i.e. payment, money) for any part of the day for the care, protection, and supervision of three or more children under the age of 13 years of age.