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What are the Dangers of Inattentive or Untrained Staff Members at Day Care Centers? Personal Injuries and Wrongful Death

By George Podgorny, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In North Carolina and other States, it is important that staff members at day care centers are both trained and attentive. These attributes go hand in hand. Without proper training, all of the attention in the world may prove futile in protecting a child at the day care cente. The same logic applies to a well trained individual who is inattentive or distracted from the prime task at hand – the proper supervision of the children at the day care center. At times, the wrongful death or personal injury to a child at a day care center results from a combination of a lack of adequate training / knowledge and inattention. Tragically, many injuries and deaths that take place at North Carolina Day Care Centers and other facilities could have been easily prevented.

A tragic incident took place in Fort Bragg, North Carolina at the Pope Child Development Center on March 9, 2012. The events of the day were detailed in an investigation later conducted by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. You can read more details about this incident at Family Sues North Carolina Day Care Center. The criminal case was investigated by authorities but prosecutors ultimately decided not to pursue a criminal case against the day care center workers on duty at the time of the incident. The civil case was recently filed by the family. Each side will have the benefit of legal counsel and representation.

When there is a death of a child, there will be an autopsy performed. Legal proceedings that are pursued because of the death often involve the testimony of expert witnesses as to the cause of death, mechanism of death, and preventability of death. It is common to have a “battle of the experts” as to the cause of death and preventability of death. Because there is no unanimous consensus by the medical professionals and experts, litigation results and the case proceeds through formal legal proceedings that result in the following: a dismissal of the case, a settlement of the case, summary judgment for the plainiff, summary judgment for the defendant, a verdict for the defendant, or a verdict for the plaintiff.

When a child is injured or dies at a day care center, it is important for the parents to seek out legal advice from a Child Injury Lawyer to find out the legal rights and remedies on behalf of the injured child.

The book titled – 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, Playground Injuries, Medical Treatment and Bills, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

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