Rue & Ziffra July Newsletter

Child Neglect/Negligence

General Newsletter – July 2016 – Child Neglect/Negligence


Suspected Child Neglect or Negligence in Florida


With over 14 million accidents being reported every year, childhood injury is perhaps one of the most dangerous and traumatic experiences that a family can face as a result of negligence.

From negligent supervision at daycare to a detrimental accident during football practice, dog bites while playing outdoors to an injury on school grounds, there are a great number of dangers that can result in an even more devastating injury for your child. Moreover, due to both a warm climate and being a top vacation destination, a great amount of these children’s injuries unfortunately occur in the State of Florida.

With smaller bodies and a lower pain tolerance than the average adult, children are prime targets for serious injury and even wrongful death in everyday life and activities.


What is the Definition of Child Neglect?


The offense of child neglect is defined under Section 827.03 Florida Statutes.  Under the law, “neglect of child” means (a) caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with the care, supervision and services necessary to maintain the child’s physical and mental health,” including, but not limited to:


·         Food and nutrition

·         Clothing

·         Shelter

·         Supervision

·         Medicine and medical services that a prudent person would consider essential for the well-being of the child.


Child neglect may also occur as a result of “a caregiver’s failure to make a reasonable effort to protect a child from abuse, neglect or exploitation by another person.”


The Most Common Injuries Resulting from Child Negligence


While there are a variety of child injury claims for negligence in Florida, the most common ones have to do with automotive, school, daycare and water.  Here are some examples of these common Florida Child Neglect Injuries.

§  Automobile and Truck Accidents (i.e. Collision, Car Seat Defect, and Parking Lot Negligence)

§  School-Related Accidents (i.e. Field Trip, School Bus, and Injury on School Property)

§  Daycare Accidents and Negligence

§  Water-Related Accidents and Drownings (i.e. Bathtub, Pool, Lake, and Retention Pond)


Negligent actions may have resulted in tragedy for you and your family, but the Florida Child Negligence Attorneys at Rue & Ziffra will diligently work to return the lives of you and your child to normal. Call 386-788-7700 to speak to an attorney for free today!  For more information, please visit:

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