Child Injury Lawyer Blog
By David A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog
In Utah and other states, day care centers have a duty to provide a reasonably safe educational environment for the children enrolled in the program. It is important that the day care center follow all licensing requirements and have trained staff in place to meet the needs of the children. Supervision and attentiveness are vital to the safety and welfare of the children. The level of supervision will depend on the type of facility, number of children, age of the children, special needs of the children, time of the day, activity and other factors. There are dangers lurking at all times that an infant or toddler is being cared for in a day care center. It is vital for staff members to be aware of the dangers and remove or prevent all such dangerous situations to the best of the ability and foresight of the day care center.
A recent tragedy was reported in at a West Jordan, Utah day care center. It as reported that a toddler – Leonardo “Leo” Sanchez – crawled under a bean bag and ultimately suffocated. A seemingly simple object – a bean bag chair – turned out to be a very dangerous object in a day care center for a small child like Leo Sanchez. It is well known that small children are curious and will crawl into or go into areas which can be quite dangerous. Another dangerous situation or object for a toddler or infant in a day care center is an unanchored dresser or TV stand. There have been a number of reports of children being injured or even dying as a result of a dresser, TV stand, or TV that has fallen over on top of a child. Sleeping and napping time can also present dangers as well to infants. A stuffed animal or blanket can cause a child to suffocate during this otherwise seemingly safe part of a day care center.
By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Blog
In Texas and other states, commercial trucks and semi-tractor trailers are common on the streets, roads, and expressways. Due to the size of these trucks, it is important that the truck driver take all proper and necessary safety precautions for the safety of other drivers and passengers who will travel on and through the same streets, roads, and expressways. One measure that should be taken is to inspect the vehicle before departure to make sure that the height and width of the truck can safety travel under and through all bridges and overpasses. For instance, if the truck is equipped with a boom or crane, it is vital that the boom or crane is lowered and otherwise secured that the truck is safe for travel through all roadways on the intended itinerary. If there are any objects that are too tall or wide for safe travel, there can be disastrous consequences, accidents, crashes, personal injuries, and wrongful deaths.
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
The recent death of a young child in the Louisiana unlicensed day care center sparked a debate about which day care centers should be regulated. Under Louisiana’s current system, a day care center which cares for less than seven children exclusive of family members of the day care center operator is not required to obtain a license. Because of this, smaller day care centers are operating under the radar and oversight of state and local regulations are still operating legally. When a day care center is not licensed as required OR not required to be licensed by the state, it is common to see unqualified staff members hired, facilities that are disrepair, and supervision that falls to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the children enrolled in the day care program.