By David Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer
Day care centers are commonly used by a families in need of child care due to work or personal commitments. There are millions of single parent households and dual income households which necessitate the use of day care centers / child care centers to supervise children during the work day. When a parent or guardian checks their child in to a day care center, they are putting their trust in a facility that should be trustworthy. The day care should be providing an environment which is safe and comforting for the parent, consisting of abundant supervision. It is reasonable for parents and guardians to expect that a day care center will provide a safe, loving, and educational environment for their children. Personal injuries result from carelessness, negligence, and just a lack of common sense in many instances in day care centers. Furthermore, some injuries result from intentional acts and let’s face it – just the shear stupidity of some child care providers who, at times, put their own interests ahead of those of the children. In New Jersey, it was reported that two day care workers were encouraged and filmed a Fight Club type of activity with the children enrolled in the day care center. Certainly, it is careless and reckless to encourage children to fight at a day care center or any other school or summer camp.
There are four elements that must be established for a strong claim against a day care center:
By David Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer
It is common to see fairs, amusement parks, and festivals in just about every community on a regular basis. When a person visits an area with amusement rides, it is the rightful expectation of the the visitor that the rides are safe, that the rides are inspected, and that the rides are well maintained. Unfortunately, for some visitors, including children, a fair, theme park, amusement park, or festival is the site of an accident or incident that causes serious personal injuries. When a ride breaks down or malfunctions, a person can be put at great danger for personal injuries. This applies to both adults and children. For each State, there is a division of government that regulates and inspects fairground rides and amusement park rides. Typically, the duties and responsibilities for inspection fall under the Department of Agriculture but it does depend on the specific State laws and regulations. Regardless of the particular entity charged with this responsibility, it is vital that business owners, property owners and promoters comply with the applicable laws, rules and regulations. Furthermore, additional steps should be taken to make sure that the rides are safe and well maintained. When the ride is in operation, it is important that all safety measures are taken with respect to the overall control of the ride and the individual seats and ride units. All latches should be secured and seatbelt should be worn as provided.
Child Injury Lawyer Blog
In Alabama and a number other States, day care centers can be broadly separated into three groups: Licensed, Unlicensed by Exemption, and Unlicensed by Violation. While the licensure of a day care center does not guarantee that a day care center is free from risks, hazards, and negligence, the licensure of a day care center does provide for important oversight by the State. With oversight, there is usually voluntary compliance with the applicable day care and child care rules, regulations, staffing, training, and safety standards. Many parents are not qualified to know what the required staff to child ration should be or what training should be completed for child care providers. Furthermore, there is a certain value to having rules and regulations in place to guide a day care center as what needs to be in place to obtain a day care center license and to keep such a license.
By David A. Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer Blog
Let’s face it. There is never a good time for a child to be injured. As parents, we work tirelessly to provide for our children and keep them safe. Unfortunately, situations, incidents, and accidents take place that lead to or cause personal injuries to children. Some incidents are foreseeable and some are not. Some are preventable and some are not. For instance, if a child is a passenger in a motor vehicle that is rear ended, there typically is nothing that could have been done to prevent the accident from taking place in most situations. There are other injuries that take place during the holiday season that may be prevented or lessened through better supervision and the implementation of safety measures.
Many children are injured during the holidays after receiving new toys that require balance that they have yet to obtain. To avoid this, children must have appropriate supervision when playing with their new toys. In addition to lack of supervision with new toys, some toys may also have manufacturing or design defects that can cause injuries to a child. In addition, injuries during the holidays occur because there are more people on the roads due to holiday travel. It is important to have properly installed car seats and booster seats to minimize the risk of injury in an accident, it is also important to have the proper equipment for traveling in harsh weather conditions such as ice and snow. However, even with these safety measures, some accidents are unavoidable and require legal guidance. Yet another reason that injuries occur during the holidays is an increase in alcohol consumption due to holiday festivities such as New Year’s Eve.
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.