Articles Posted in Oklahoma

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By David A. Wolf, Attorney
Child Injury Lawyer Blog
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In Oklahoma and other states, hard working parents rely on day care centers for the proper supervision and education of their children.   With both single parents and dual income parents, day care centers have become a necessity in order for parents to support their children.  Most day care centers do a fine job in caring for children in a loving and nurturing way; however, there are far too many child care providers out there who lack the maturity, patience, responsibility, and common sense to serve as a proper day care provider.  While it should be well known out there that shaking a baby, infant, or toddler can cause serious permanent injuries, there continues to be incidents reported that children have been injured by forceful shaking, corporal punishment, and / or the hitting of a child.  This, in turn, caused serious head and brain injuries to child who was supposed to be cared for rather than harmed in the day care center setting and environment.
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By David A. Wolf
Child Injury Lawyer Blog
medical_2008015232-1113int.epsThere was a tragedy reported at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade event.  It was reported that the crash into the crowd ended the life of a graduate student, a toddler, and a couple who had worked for Oklahoma State University for many years.  A day that was supposed to be filled with fun times and food ended in grief and sorrow for the family and friends of the victims as well as the entire OSU community.
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By Roy Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by the Child Injury Lawyer Blog

Fire Rescue - Blue TruckWhen a parent drops off a child at a day care center, the parent expects that the child will be cared for in a clean and supportive educational environment. The reasonable expectation of the parent is to pick up a happy, healthy child at the end of the day.  With single parent families or dual income working families, day care centers are essential for the family to be able to deal with life changes and stresses.  A good and caring staff at the day care center can go a long way to providing for the needs of the child.   Unfortunately, for some children, serious personal injuries and even deaths result at the day care center.  Is the day care center responsible or liable for every incident?  The answer is No.   Let’s go back and take a closer look at this particular question. The important words are “every incident”.   Just because a child is injured or even dies at a day care center, this does not mean by itself that the day care center is liable for responsible for the injuries.
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By Roy Dickinson, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

beer.jpgA two-year-old toddler was killed as a result of an automobile accident in Oklahoma. According to Blackwell police, the driver of a pickup truck, Ashlee Nicole Martindale, 25, ran into the back of a Dodge Neon in the 4000 block of West Doolin Avenue. Colleen Wood, 19, Destiny Turner, 18, and two-year-old Maraya Turner were in the Dodge Neon at the time of the accident. Wood and Destiny Turner were taken to the hospital for treatment and their conditions were unknown. Maraya Turner was sadly pronounced dead at the hospital.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Fun-fair.jpgIn Oklahoma, a tragic fairground accident was report where a child died and 4 others suffered personal injuries. The accident involved a barrel ride which was described as an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) towing barrels that children / riders occupied. During the ride, the 55 gallon barrels overturned. Authorities reported that the an 8 year old girl was later pronounced dead at Marietta Hospital from personal injuries related to this incident. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) identified the girl as Jaylen Wolf of Marietta, Oklahoma. You can read about this story at Girl (Jaylen Wolf) Dies as a Result of Oklahoma Fairground Accident – Barrel Ride Overturns.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Hancuffs%202.jpgCody Sartin, a suspect in the killing of his ex-girlfriend’s 3-year-old boy, Jace Burgess, was arrested and charged with first degree murder by Tulsa County prosecutors. Jace suffered serious personal injuries and was rushed to a hospital with a massive brain injury. According to officers, the child also had several bruises covering his entire body: shoulders, thighs, forehead, chin and a broken toe. Jace died as a result of the massive brain injury. Investigators believe that Sartin was babysitting Jace when the injury occurred; however, Sartin claims the injury was an accident.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In Oklahoma and other States, the summer months present real dangers to children. Leaving a child in a vehicle unattended can lead to tragic and deadly consequences. In Meeker, Oklahoma, a toddler died after being mistakenly left in a hot vehicle during the day. Even a few minutes in a hot car can lead to serious personal injuries and even wrongful death. It was reported that a 2 year old girl died in a hot car after being left in the vehicle during the day. The medical examiner later determined that the cause of death was hyperthermia. The death of this little girl is certainly a great loss for her family, neighbors, and community. See Meeker Oklahoma – 2 Year Old Dies in Hot Car. See also Monroe County, Georgia – 21 Month Old Child Dies – Left Inside Parked Van All Day – Dangers of Leaving a Child in a Vehicle.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

U.S.%20State%20Flag%20Oklahoma.jpgIn Bartlesville, Oklahoma, a 4 year old suffered serious personal injuries in the form of a skull fracture. The boy also suffered bruises on his chest, upper shoulders, back, and legs. David Wymon Laird, faces criminal charges of child abuse. At first, Laird denied that he harmed the child but he later admitted to police, according to a news story, that boy was harmed when Laird was disciplining the child. The boy was transported to Tulsa’s Children’s Hospital where he was treated with these serious life threatening personal injuries.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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U.S.%20State%20Flag%20Oklahoma.jpgIn Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a mother has been charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and Child Endangerment regarding an automobile accident. Slettie Yvonne Heard, age 25, was transporting 6 children in her vehicle at the time of the Oklahoma automobile accident. Ms. Heard will be entitled to a criminal defense lawyer or the services of a public defender regarding these charges.

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By Roy S. Dickinson, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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In Edmond, Oklahoma, police reported that a home based day care center Royal Platinum Care had loaded guns on the property. Loaded guns were found in the attic, garage and a safe. There were no reports that the children had touched or otherwise accessed the guns; however, the State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services investigators believed that the guns violated Oklahoma laws as they pertained to day care centers. It should be noted that an incident or violation should not be solely judged on whether a child suffered personal injuries or wrongful death. Truly, the time to step in and make changes to a day care center is before tragedy strikes. Of course, the operator of the day care center can appeal or challenge any findings. You can read more about this story at Day Care Center Shut Down in Edmond, Oklahoma.