By, David Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer
In Arkansas and other States, children enrolled in day care centers and other summer programs are at risks for injury and death during transportation and services. There is a simple way to prevent these hot car deaths and hot van deaths from taking place. In fact, these injuries and deaths can be avoided with a watch eye, clipboard, attendance list, and a pen. It is vital that all day center providers and summer camps take roll call whenever the van, bus, or vehicle is loaded or unloaded. All children must be accounted for at all times. Furthermore, whenever a bus, van, or other mode of transportation is stopped without supervision onboard and without proper ventilation and air conditioning, there should be a physical and verbal sweep of the bus, van, or vehicle to make sure that all children are off the bus. What happens when a child is left on a bus, van, or other vehicle during periods of warm or hot weather? Well, the headlines speak for themselves when there is a report of yet another hot van or hot bus death involving a school, summer camp or day care center.
In West Memphis, Arkansas, it was reported that 5 year boy (Christopher Gardner Junior) died as a result of being left in a day care center van. It was reported that the temperature in the van once the vehicle was turned off reached 141 degrees Fahrenheit. Tragically, Christopher was left on the van for 8 hours when he was finally located in the afternoon. Certainly, this was a tragic event and day for Christopher’s family, extended family, friends, neighbors, and the community. It was also reported that Christopher was signed into the facility in the morning. It would appear that this was done without truly accounting for Christopher’s whereabouts. Again, a watchful eye, attentiveness, and the dedicated use of a roll call list whether with pen and paper or an iPad or other electronic device would have avoid the tragic consequences as reported in West Memphis.
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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 A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog
While enrolled in a day care center, a child should be supervised in an environment that is safe and free from hazards. The day care center should follow its own policies and procedures as well as the policies and procedures set forth by state and local licensing agencies and laws. It is difficult to legislate or regulate every since situation or care provisions that take place in a day care center. Furthermore, it should be noted that common sense can be used in the day care center. If something seems dangerous or risky to a child, then the hazard should be removed. It is well known that children are curious and lack safety awareness. As such, anything within reach of a child that can cause harm should be kept away from a child. This includes but it not limited to hot water, liquids, food, ovens, burners, and other items that can and will cause burn type of injuries to a child. When a child is burned, first aid should be provided and the parents and when necessary fire rescue / emergency services should be called in.
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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.
By David Wolf, Attorney and Samantha Vloedman, Law Clerk
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Blog
In Michigan and other States, parents rely upon day care centers to provide for a safe educational environment. One basic responsibility of the day care center is to supervise the children in a manner so that the children do not wander away from the facility.