Howry, Breen & Herman Files Suit Against Austin Daycare Center After 11-Month-Old Baby Suffers Burn Injuries
Howry, Breen & Herman has filed a lawsuit against an Austin daycare center on behalf of a family whose 11-month year old child suffered burn injuries on both of his hands. The lawsuit, which has garnered media attention for the severe injuries suffered by the child, was profiled in a recent article and news segment on KVUE ABC.
The civil personal injury suit stems from an incident in October 2017, when our client received an alarming phone call from the daycare facility that her 11-month-old son had burned his hands on one of facility’s doors. According to the daycare center, the young boy, whose name is Aiden, had touched something hot on a door that allowed access from the playground to the inside of The Goddard School in West Travis County. The daycare center reportedly told Aiden’s mother he had burned his finger as a result of toughing either a metal door or a metal plate on the door, but that he was fine and there was no need to rush.
Upon the arrival of Aiden’s mother, however, she found her son screaming from pain and holding his hands, both of which had large blisters beginning to form. Aiden’s mother rushed him to a pediatrician next door to the daycare center, and was told to take him to the hospital immediately. When they arrived at a hospital in Round Rock, the evaluating physician noted the severity of Aiden’s injuries, and called a burn hospital in San Antonio. Aiden was taken to the burn hospital by ambulance, and underwent surgery on his hands.
This tragic and frightening event was only the start of Aiden’s long road to recovery. Due to the severity of the burns he suffered, Aiden was required to undergo multiple procedures, and will be required to wear special gloves for up to a year as his hands heal. In addition to his pain and suffering and extensive medical treatment, Aiden’s injuries have also slowed his eating development.
Following the incident, both the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Child Protective Services opened investigations into the school. According to a report from CPS, The Goddard School must make fixes to the door in order to ensure it does not cause injuries to children in the future.
Seeking Justice for Aiden and His Family
Due to the serious injuries suffered by Aiden, our legal team at Howry, Breen & Herman is intent on fighting aggressively in the case to secure the justice Aiden and his family deserve. This includes a full and fair recovery of the extensive damages he and his family endured, not only as they relate to his pain and medical bills, but also the profound mental anguish his mother and family suffered on the day he was injured and in the months during his difficult recovery.
In addition to seeking financial compensation to cover the family’s damages and future expenses, our firm is also committed to ensuring the daycare center is held accountable for what we allege were serious failures in its legal obligations to ensure the safety of young children under its care. This accountability will hopefully result in important changes that protect other children at the daycare center, including measures to prevent doors at the facility from posing risks to children who may touch them, especially when temperatures are hot, and taking appropriate measures to respond to child injuries and adequately inform families.
You can learn more about the case, including a televised media segment and comments from our firm’s Partner Sean Breen, on KVUE ABC.
Fighting for Injured Victims & Families
Howry, Breen & Herman is comprised of award-winning Austin personal injury lawyers who draw from decades of collective experience to protect the rights of victims and families who suffer losses due to the negligence of others. Over the years, our legal team has become known for caring and compassionate approach, and for guiding clients successfully through the personal injury claim process. If you have questions about a potential case and your rights, contact us to request an initial consultation.