By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
The death of a 1 year old (Zachary Taylor) was reported at Lincoln, Nebraska day care center. Since the cause and circumstances of the death were unknown and because the death involved such a young child, police and the local medical examiner will be investigating this matter. When child care providers found that Zachary was unresponsive in the day care center, CPR measures were taken to try to revive the child. Unfortunately, these efforts were not successful. For more information regarding this matter, see Police Investigating Death of One Year Old Child at Day Care Center.
In most States, the death of a child at a licensed day care center are governed by rules and regulations as to procedures and documentation. There are also procedures and documentation required as to staff to child ratios, indoor facilities, emergency procedures, attendance, and other matters at a day care center. Furthermore, many States have implemented policies and procedures for nap time at a day care center / child care center.
When an autopsy is performed, medical and scientific information are often times obtained that determine the cause of death, timing of death, mechanism of death, and preventability of death. Some deaths are unforeseeable and unpreventable and stem from an unknown or undiscovered medical problem or undiagnosed congenital problem. On the other hand, some deaths are preventable with better care and supervision. Each incident / case is different and must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances. In some cases, it can be helpful to have a personal injury attorney / child injury lawyer investigate the case as well to determine and assess the legal issues and insurance issues that may apply to the case.
The book – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Medical Care / Medical Treatment, Automobile Accidents, and other topics. A parent or other concerned person can obtain this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.