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Meatball Choking Death Leads To Preschool Lawsuit

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Uncategorized, Wrongful Death Claims

Meatball Choking Death Leads To Preschool Lawsuit

The Insurance Journal recently ran a story that I am sure going to be following into the future.  The story involves a lawsuit filed in Oregon by the parents of a 3 1/2-year-old girl who choked on a meatball during lunch at preschool.  The child experienced respiratory and cardiac arrest and died the next day.  The parents have alleged that the preschool failed to properly observe and supervise the child during lunch. Over the last couple of years, we have represented two preschool children who have suffered serious injuries to their upper extremities — one’s hand crushed by a collapsed folding table and the other losing the tip of a finger when it was caught on the hinge side of a closing door. In all three cases, injuries (and death in the Oregon case) could have been avoided if daycare staff had simply done their jobs and stayed attentive to the children they were being paid to educate and supervise.  For example, it seems reasonable to have a staff member closely monitoring children while they eat in order to make sure that none of the children choke.  In the event that a child appeared to be choking, it would seem reasonable for a staff member to be close enough (and attentive enough) to render aid.  Of course, this assumes that the preschool is being properly staffed for student/teacher ratio to begin with. Even momentary lapses in concentration can have tragic consequences when it comes to small children.  Every parent knows this.  Every worker at a preschool or daycare should know this, too. If you have any questions following an incident at a preschool or daycare, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Firing Of High School Teacher/Sex Abuser Too Little, Too Late

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

Firing Of High School Teacher/Sex Abuser Too Little, Too Late

Orange County Public Schools has reportedly decided to fire Hugh Broomes, a Jones High School language arts teacher who was recently accused of having sex with a 16-year old high school student.  What makes that case most striking to me as a Florida child sexual abuse lawyer is that it appears that there is evidence that Mr. Broomes had sex with the minor at least 10 times on the campus of the high school!! More on the underlying story here: An institution like Jones High School has a duty to supervise its staff, faculty, and facilities, in order to make sure that situations like this don’t occur.  If the school does not do its job, and somehow lets an adult have sex at least 10 times with a minor on campus, the school could be held liable for negligent supervision, and could be exposed to paying any damages suffered by the minor. It will be interesting to see how this story progresses and to see what the school’s explanation is for how something like this could happen 10 times on a high school campus over the course of about 4 months, reportedly. If you have any questions regarding a Florida child sexual abuse claim, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901 or visit...

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