Parents in New York and across the country often agonize about who to entrust their children with when they are at work. Unfortunately, many parents feel additional stress when making the decision as they hear news stories of children who are injured due to mistreatment received at the hands of their caregivers. Unfortunately, one woman in another state was recently arrested after she was accused of causing a child injury.
The alleged incident reportedly occurred in February. A 1-year-old child was left in the care of a 25-year-old woman. While details of the incident are unclear, police reports indicate that emergency crews were requested to transport the child to a children’s hospital.
Doctors say that the injuries are consistent with claims that the child was shaken. She suffered from injuries to her brain and bleeding behind her eye; she required emergency brain surgery and remains in critical condition. The child’s caregiver has since been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated battery. Although a polygraph was conducted, the results of that test are unclear.
A child injury is always tragic. However, a brain injury can have severe, lifelong ramifications. Even after released from the hospital, the child may require high levels are care that her parents may be unable to afford or provide. In certain cases, parents in New York who have found themselves wondering about how they will provide care for a child injured as a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions have chosen to file a personal injury lawsuit. A successfully presented claim can result in an award of damages that can help them manage the financial burden of their child’s injury and help ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for his or her actions.
Source: orlandosentinel.com, “Caretaker arrested after baby suffers brain injury, Orlando cops say“, Stephanie Allen, Feb. 23, 2017