Miami Injury Attorney Reminds All Floridians That They Are Responsible for Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect, Failure Can Result in Severe Penalties

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Miami injury lawyer Gary Iscoe of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene sends a message to all Floridians reminding them of their responsibility to report child abuse or neglect. Anyone in the state, including those who work in colleges and universities, who willfully or knowingly fails to report any suspected crime against a child can face significant penalties.

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The safety of children is everybody’s business.

During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida legislature passed a bill which made it mandatory for everyone in Florida to report suspected child abuse or neglect. “The safety of children is everybody’s business,” said injury lawyer Gary Iscoe.

Before the law was passed, only professionally mandated reporters who suspected child abuse or neglect were required by law to make a report. These reporters include social workers, healthcare professionals, teachers and other school officials.

“Anyone in Florida who suspects abuse but does not report it can find themselves facing large penalties, including third degree felony changes,” said Iscoe, a founding partner of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.

According to the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV), only professionally mandated reporters must fully identify themselves when they call. Others can report anonymously. Under the revised Florida bill, colleges and universities have to report known or suspected child abuse occurring on campuses or at school events, or pay a fine of up to $1 million if they fail to make a report.

“No-one wants to see another Penn State scandal,” said Iscoe. “Children should not have to worry about any parent, caregiver, coach, teacher or other person responsible for their welfare harming them.”

The changes to the mandatory reporting law became effective October 1, 2012, according to the Florida Senate.

“Florida now has one of the most expansive and stringent mandatory reporting laws in America,” said Iscoe.

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) estimated an additional 40,000 calls to the child abuse hotline because of this change to the law.The bill passed by the Florida legislature is HB 1355/SB 1816. Child abuse reports should be made to the Florida Department of Children and Families through their statewide phone hotline, fax, or website.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of child abuse, contact Steinger, Iscoe & Greene injury lawyers at 1-800-560-5059.

About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene:

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get South Florida injury victims every dollar they truly deserve. Since 1997, the firm’s lawyers have successfully handled cases that have included: auto accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injuries and medical malpractice. The entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims’ best interests, giving each client insight into Florida law and their rights.

Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is staffed with more than 26 lawyers and 120 legal professionals. Offices are located in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene also offers the No Fee Guarantee®, which means “you don’t owe us any money unless we get money for you.”

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