IN THE NEWS: 50 INDIANA CHILDREN DEAD OF NEGLECT AND ABUSE IN 2020
A recent report released by the Indiana Department of Child Services contains sad news: in the year 2020, no fewer than fifty Hoosier children died as a result of neglect and/or abuse. In 78% of the cases, the death occurred in the victim’s own home, and 81% of the time the victim’s alleged perpetrators were the victim’s biological parents. The most common cause of death? a weapon, including a closed fist.
Why repeat these horrifying facts in our personal injury blog? So that readers will be reminded that as individuals, as employees, as neighbors, we each have a moral responsibility to take actions needed to protect children. Caution: The big no-no, according to the FBI cautions, is directly confronting an abuser. Instead, call:
- 800-800-5556 (Department of Child Services)
Where do we at Ramey & Hailey Law come into the picture? As personal injury attorneys for more than forty years, we typically work with the families of children who have survived the abuse and/or neglect. The challenge is paying for the long-term treatment the child is going to need. Not all families have access to affordable insurance that covers the needed therapeutic interventions. Only a civil lawsuit has the power to compensate the victim and his or her family (or the new family who adopts a child removed from his natural parents’ home), providing the cash needed for long-term therapy costs.