A 4-month-old baby was pronounced dead yesterday at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children after paramedics responded to calls saying the boy was not breathing. The child was among about 25 children being cared for in a Northeast Philadelphia row home being operated as a daycare.
According to the Department of Public Welfare, the home is not a licensed daycare facility. Officers said they didn’t suspect foul play, but they question the daycare not being licensed through the state as well as the number of children being cared for in the home. Philadelphia personal injury lawyers are concerned for the well-being of area children enrolled in city daycares.
The baby boy is the second infant to die at a Philadelphia daycare in four months. In October 2011, a 7-month-old baby girl died after being found unresponsive in a crib at the Apple Blossom Learning Tree Day School in Center City Philadelphia.
Daycare injuries to children are often caused or worsened as a result of poor supervision in a daycare. Reports indicate that child injuries occur at a higher rate when child caregivers are not supervising children or children are not in the view of a caregiver. Children who are closely supervised are less likely to suffer a serious personal injury.
In addition, supervision allows a caregiver the additional time to react to a perceived risk and potentially prevent an injury to a child from occurring. The time that the child caregiver would have to respond to a dangerous situation could make a huge difference in the injury to a child and allow a caregiver to take action immediately to avoid further injury.
The attorneys at Messa & Associates have pursued cases involving injuries and death of children in daycares. We have obtained verdicts and settlements for families, including a $5.75 million settlement awarded to the family of a 2-year-old child who died at a daycare while being improperly supervised by her caregivers.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving daycare injuries and injuries to children. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If your child has suffered an injury at a daycare or has endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More