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Taking action if your child was injured at summer camp

When we send our children off to summer camp, we have faith in the professionals and caregivers to keep them safe at all times. We may know that they will be embarking on adventures and partaking in sporting events, but this does not mean that we think that our children will become injured as a result. If your child was injured at a Texas summer camp, it is important that you consider the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the injury and ask yourself whether you believe that the summer camp leaders could have prevented such an accident. If you do think that something could have been done to keep your child safer, you may want to read more about how the law works in regard to personal injury cases such as these. Determining whether negligence was present Leaders at summer camps as well as the premises in which the summer camp was held have the responsibility to keep your children as safe as is reasonably possible. If there was a clear danger present for your child and the premises did nothing to mitigate this danger, they could be held legally liable if it can be shown that this danger caused your child’s injury. Bullying at summer camps In addition, summer camp leaders have the responsibility to recognize if your child is being bullied or abused at summer camp. Children can be cruel, and they have the potential to cause other children injuries and suffering. You may be able to take action against the summer camp organizers if they did not adequately safeguard your child from the harming actions of bullies. Summer camp injuries and liability waivers Many summer camps ask that parents sign liability waivers before they send their child to summer camp. While these waivers might go some way toward preventing lawsuits, they do have their limits. Most seriously negligent cases will still be able to be enforced by the law. If your child has suffered as a result of their summer camp experience, it is important not to accept this as simply something that occurs. Summer camps should be held liable for negligence when children are needlessly hurt.

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On the playground, these injuries are most common

As a parent, you constantly worry about your child’s safety when he is out of sight. You know that accidents can happen any time, anywhere. While you try to trust your son’s Waco school to provide a safe space, you still worry that you will get a call that there has been an accident. While playground manufacturers have made recent strides in providing safer equipment, injuries are still very possible. One of the things you can do as a parent to provide extra protection for your child, is to learn about the most common playground injuries and to teach him to be cautious while he is playing. Breaks, fractures and sprains According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more likely to sustain a fracture or sprain while playing. All it takes is one loose rock on the playground to cause an ankle to turn. Fortunately, children tend to heal much faster because their bones are still flexible since they are growing. If your child suffers a break or sprain, be sure you alert his teachers so that they can keep a closer eye on him while he continues to heal. Concussions and other head injuries In general, the climbing equipment on playgrounds is the most popular. It also causes the most injuries. In many cases, children are not even aware of the severity of their injuries if they fall and hit their heads. This means that instead of alerting a teacher or other adult, they try to keep playing. If your child starts to display light sensitivity, dizziness, headaches or nausea, then he could have a head injury. Other indicators include drowsiness, looking dazed or confused, irritability, and slow responses to basic questions. Joint dislocation Joint dislocations are another common injury that children suffer on the playground. It does not take much force for an arm or elbow dislocation to occur in a child. If this happens, take him to the doctor and let a medical professional put it back into place. If you attempt to do so yourself, you risk causing further injury. Signs of dislocation include redness and swelling around the joint, difficulty moving the joint or limb, and even irritability or agitation. Scrapes and bruises Scrapes, cuts and bruises tend to be the wear and tear most children come home with on a regular basis. While these playground injuries tend to be minor, if you do not properly treat them, infection can set in and they can become much more serious. When it comes to cuts and scrapes, be sure you are treating them with antiseptic ointments and regularly changing the bandages. If your child has a bruise that does not seem to be fading and lasts longer than a week, it could be an indication of an internal injury and you should seek medical treatment immediately. While understanding the above injuries can prepare your child to stay safe on the playground, it is not possible to prevent every accident. If your child suffers a playground injury while at school due to lack of adult supervision or faulty equipment, you may be able to take legal action.

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What to do when you visit your child in the hospital

Even if your child has to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time, you are likely going to want to visit every day. What can you do to make sure that your child is safe and healthy during this trying time? First of all, be very careful about bringing germs into the hospital room with you. You do not want to cause an infection or make the situation worse. Wash your hands before going to the hospital. Use hand sanitizer again when you arrive. It is also important to talk to the doctor and the medical staff. Find out when the best hours are for you to visit. Ask about any potential health risks and what you can do. Take the doctor’s recommendations seriously, even if they conflict with what you want to do. Remember, one of the greatest healers is sleep, so allow your child to have free time to rest, as well. Do not stay too long. Talk to doctors about what is best for your child. Emotional support can be very helpful, but rest is also helpful. Try to find a balance. Be careful about bringing young siblings into the room. Young children often carry germs and they may even be sick. A person in a fragile state in the hospital could be especially vulnerable. Take precautions and try to limit exposure. If you believe your child ended up in the hospital because of someone else’s negligence, make sure you also know what rights you have to compensation. A long hospital stay is not cheap, even with insurance.

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A Hewitt teacher won’t be prosecuted for a student’s injuries

A 69-year-old teacher, who was witnessed placing his knee of the back of an 11-year-old student, causing him to suffer injuries, will not face criminal charges for his inappropriate behavior. This is what a McClennan County grand jury decided at the middle of this month. According to court records, the incident in question was first reported to the Hewitt Police Department (HPD) on October 17, 2018. Witnesses who were questioned by police officers reported that the teacher had forced the 11-year-old student to the ground by placing his knee on the child’s back. They note that the boy’s body came to rest on his stomach and that the teacher continued to hold him down with his knee for between 30 to 40 seconds. HPD officers continued their investigation from the time the incident was first reported in October until earlier this year. It wasn’t until March 11 that they finally issued a warrant for the Midway Independent School District educator’s arrest. He turned himself into police on injury to a child charges that same day. A judge set his bond at $5,000, and he was released from jail within a matter of a few hours. Although the grand jury ultimately decided that there wasn’t enough evidence for prosecutors to move forward in trying the case, the buck doesn’t stop there. It’s still possible for the child’s parents to file a civil suit against the former teacher or school district. Children trust their babysitters, teachers and other adults in positions of authority to take care of them. When that trust is breached, it can affect their development and leaving a lasting impact on their life. A child injury attorney in Waco can hold your son or daughter’s Texas school accountable for failing to protect your child as they should have.

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5 ways kids get injured every year

Preventing injuries to your children may feel like a nearly impossible task. You’re constantly following them around, warning them, teaching them and buying safety equipment — like bike helmets — that you then have to convince them to use. It’s tough, but it’s important for parents to identify potential threats. Below are five ways that children are often injured. 1. Playing in bounce houses. Statistics show that more than 50 percent of children injured in bounce houses are between the ages of 6 and 12. 2. Hair-thread tourniquet syndrome. A single strand of hair that ends up wrapped around a newborn’s tiny toes or fingers may cut off circulation. If nothing is done, this could result in lasting damage, such as an amputation. 3. Laundry-detergent pouches. It’s easier to do the laundry or your dishes with a pouch of detergent, rather than the liquid itself, but children often think the pouches are candy. 4. Playground equipment. The playground is fun, but it’s hazardous. Kids can fall off the jungle-gym, hit their heads on the slide and much more. Supervision is needed, but not even watching the kids can prevent all accidents. 5. Furniture. Furniture that isn’t anchored to the wall can fall on children. Common issues include dressers and flat-screen televisions. One report found that as many as 25,000 kids were injured annually and many were killed. There is only so much you can do as a parent. Accidents happen, other adults — like teachers or babysitters — are negligent and your kids wind up in the hospital. When this happens, be sure you know what legal options you have. Source: Live Science, “9 Weird Ways Kids Can Get Hurt,” Cari Nierenberg, accessed Aug. 31, 2017

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Did unsafe playground equipment injure your child?

For most kids in elementary school, recess is the highlight of the day. Getting a chance to burn off some of that energy from sitting in class, playing with friends and enjoying the fresh air can make it easier to sit through the afternoon lessons. Unfortunately, for a few individuals, recess can be a very unfortunate experience. Some children have to deal with bullies that make their lives miserable as soon as they are out of earshot of the teachers. Bullying can have long-term social and mental consequences for the victims. Others wind up hurt due to inadequate supervision or poorly maintained playground equipment. Playground injuries can be incredibly severe. They could involve broken bones, spinal cord injuries or even traumatic brain injuries. The parents of children who suffer injuries on a playground may have grounds for pursuing a civil action against the school where their child was hurt. You need to analyze the nature of the accident Determining whether you have grounds to seek compensation for an injury your child suffered on the school playground is not necessarily straightforward. Many factors can play into the outcome of playground activities and can mitigate legal liability. For example, was your child using the equipment as intended, or did they do something unusual with the equipment that increased the likelihood of an accident or of the equipment failing? Did the equipment break or fail in a way that contributed to your child’s injury? Was there adequate supervision? Finally, how old is the equipment and what maintenance practices does the school have in place? The answer to each of these questions will directly impact the liability the school incurs and your right to seek compensation. Schools with unsafe equipment or improper play services could be liable for any injuries a child suffers. Double check information from all sources Getting accurate details of the scenario leading up to the accident may prove difficult. Young children may exaggerate the story or lie about their own culpability. Similarly, school staff members may misrepresent the details of what happened to reduce the school’s potential liability. You may need to speak with other individuals, including children present at the time of the accident and playground volunteers who don’t have an employment incentive to minimize the circumstances that led to the accident. You have rights when your kid gets hurt at school Although most parents seem to believe that schools don’t have any legal culpability for what occurs there, that is far from the truth. Courts and juries can and do find schools responsible for accidents that leave kids injured. This is particularly true in scenarios where failure to maintain the premises contributed to the accident or negligence on the part of school staff was a factor.

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Can day care workers and teachers be sued for hurting a child?

Most children in America spend the majority of their awake hours under the care of day care workers or at school. While you’d expect for the administrators at their school to properly vet teachers to make sure that it’s safe for them to be around your child, they often make mistakes. Then there are some teachers who go even go rogue. If your child is hurt at their day care or school, then you may be wondering what to do. If your child is hurt at a Waco day care, then you should make sure that they receive medical treatment right away. You then should consult with a Texas personal injury attorney to find who you can hold accountable for what happened. The parents of a child who suffers injuries at the hands of a teacher may be able to file a lawsuit against them individually, in conjunction with their supervisor or against the owner of the facility that employs them. Some of the grounds on which negligence lawsuits may be filed against these parties include if a caregiver, teacher or owner failed to maintain safe premises, if they neglected to properly supervise the child or if they committed a crime against them. While those caregivers or teachers who abuse or neglect children under their care may face criminal charges, they can be held civilly liable for their actions as well. A jury may decide that monetary damages for physical injuries as well as emotional ones are warranted in some of the most severe abuse and neglect cases. An attorney can advise you as to whether you have a valid claim and how you should proceed in your legal matter.

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Certain child injuries are commonplace in the summer

It’s summer. Most children are busy at camp, at the pool, traveling or doing several other activities for the next few weeks until school starts back once again. Since kids are running around here and there, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s an uptick in them getting hurt during the summer months. According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, there are several common ways that children get hurt during the summer. Here are a few: Drownings Many kids spend time at different pools during the summer. Some are staffed by lifeguards and are maintained by third-parties while others are not. Drownings can happen anywhere. Parents and caregivers should always keep a close eye on their kids, even when they put approved flotation devices on them. Pools should be surrounded by a fence or netting that makes it difficult for any child to gain access to it. Caregivers should take time to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) just in case it’s ever needed. Burns When most people think of summer, fireworks and campfires often come to mind. These and hot food and scalding liquids cause the majority of kids’ serious burns over the summer. Parents should never let their kids set off fireworks, should monitor them around campfires and keep food away from edges of tables so that it won’t inadvertently fall on them. Bike injuries Many kids take to the sidewalk or neighborhood streets to ride their bikes during the summer. Sadly, many fall off their bicycles when they hit the uneven pavement or get struck by cars. Texas parents can help minimize the risk of their kids getting hurt by checking to make sure that their bike’s handlebars and seat are properly fitted for them. They should also require their kids to always wear a helmet. In addition, kids should be taught to walk alongside their bikes at intersections and how to use hand signals. If your son or daughter has been seriously injured at a public place or a friend’s house here in Waco, then you should protect your child now! After you get them the emergency medical attention that they need, your next call should be to a child injury attorney who can help you hold the negligent parties accountable for their actions.

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A 3-year-old is discovered unresponsive in a Robinson school bus

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) has launched an investigation into a potentially life-threatening incident that occurred in Robinson, a city that lies just over six miles south of Waco, early in the morning on Oct. 4. That fateful day, a CPS investigation team announced that a 3-year-old, one of the youngest children that attends a Robinson Independent School District (ISD) school, was found unresponsive inside one of its buses. A spokesperson for the school district notes that the child was found with a seat belt wrapped around his neck around 7:20 a.m. when the bus came to a stop near 1600 East Moonlight. The young boy wasn’t breathing when he was found. Paramedics arriving at the scene performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the young boy and transported him to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. He was later life-flighted to McLane Children’s Hospital. He remains hospitalized at the Temple facility. The Robinson Police Department (RPD) is investigating the matter. The police chief notes their Criminal Investigations Division (CID) will ultimately decide whether anyone committed a crime in this case. As for the young boy, his condition hasn’t yet been updated. Parents tend to believe that their child’s bus driver and school will look out for their son or daughter’s best interests while they’re in their care. Teachers, bus drivers and other staff members are often overworked and unable to keep a watchful eye over every child under their care. This is often when children get hurt. A personal injury attorney can advise you of your right to hold your son’s or daughter’s caregivers accountable for the harm that they’ve caused them. This may include medical bills, funeral costs and any other expenses related to the incident in which they were involved.

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Common injuries children suffer in the winter

Contrary to popular belief, it can get cold in Waco, Texas. Although the city does not receive much in the way of snow, the presence of ice is sometimes a factor. When it comes to child injury, winter can be just as dangerous for Texas children as it is for kids living in northern states. Further, in most cases, the injuries discussed in this post are preventable. They are also legally actionable if another party’s negligence led to the injury. According to Texas Health Resources, the following list contains some of the most common injuries adults and children in the state experience in the winter. Falls Most commonly seen during the holiday decoration season, falls bring many kids and adults to emergency rooms each year. While most adults know to practice caution when hanging ornaments, kids might not understand the dangers of climbing ladders and other objects. Ingestion Small children are always putting things in their mouths. As such, accidentally ingesting objects and substances lead to a high volume of child injury during the winter. Examples of accidental ingestion include eating unsecured medicine, swallowing unsecured poisons and choking on small objects like Christmas tree bulbs or ornaments. Slips As mentioned above, snow and ice are not common in Waco, but their rarity may actually increase the chance of child injury. When kids are not accustomed to moving around on icy streets, yards or sidewalks, they have a greater chance of slipping and suffering a serious child injury. You can take steps to reduce the risk of wintertime child injury in your own environment, but your kids could still suffer accidents on another person’s property. If you believe a property owner’s negligence contributed to your child’s injury, you may find a remedy by speaking with a premises liability attorney about your situation.

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