Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) February 29, 2012
The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at Atkins & Markoff, an Oklahoma law firm that dedicates its time to representing injured clients, hereby alerts the public of a recent article published in the Tulsa World newspaper that details the ongoing investigation of two possible cases of bacterial meningitis, including the death of one four-year-old child who attended a daycare center in Pawnee County. Officials and employees at the daycare center at issue are taking steps to attempt to prevent any spread of this disease.
This Tulsa World article stated that the four-year-old child who was killed by bacterial meningitis died on a Sunday after attending the daycare center on the previous Friday. No specific link has been established between the conditions at the daycare center and this child’s contraction of this disease, but bacterial meningitis can be spread between people through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions that include coughing, sneezing and kissing.
According to a study performed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, more than 30,000 children under the age of four are treated in emergency rooms for illnesses and injuries that occurred at daycare centers across the United States. Common causes of these injuries and illnesses include unsafe playground equipment, unsafe cribs, the failure to use child safety gates and the transfer of communicable diseases. Common injuries and illnesses that occur at daycare centers include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, severe lacerations and several different forms of illnesses.
In Oklahoma, licensed daycare facilities are required to carry liability insurance per existing state law. These daycare centers are required to carry at least $200,000 in liability coverage in order to maintain their licenses in good standing, and this insurance is designed to provide coverage to children who suffer Oklahoma daycare center injuries.
The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at Atkins & Markoff hereby suggest to parents to be ever diligent in terms of their awareness of potential risks of injury or illness at daycare centers. According to statistics provided by the National Association of Childcare Resource & Referral Agencies, more than 175,000 children who are six years old and younger who need ongoing childcare.
About Atkins & Markoff
Atkins & Markoff, whose Web site is located at http://www.oklalawyer.com, is a law firm comprised of Oklahoma personal injury and trial lawyers who have been representing consumers and defending their legal rights for nearly 15 years. The firm handles legal matters that include Oklahoma auto accidents, class action lawsuits, child/daycare injuries, defective products, medical malpractice, general personal injury and workers’ compensation among other legal matters.