Does the Confirmation of Abuse or Neglect by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Establish a Civil Case for Compensation for Personal Injuries of the Child?

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When a child suffers personal injuries at a home, school, day care center, or other location, the Florida Department of children and families is often times contacted by concerned family member, staff member, physician, law-enforcement officer, or other person. Pursuant to the Florida Statutes, the Florida Department of children and Families will conduct an investigation which will include reviewing the records, taking witness statements, contacting medical providers, and consulting with the child protection team and other professionals regarding the personal injuries. Furthermore, the Florida Department of Children and Families will determine if the personal injuries are related to the alleged abuse and neglect. To some extent, the Florida DCF may provide information and analysis as to whether the personal injuries suffered by the child were preventable with better care, supervision, and intervention.

At the conclusion of the investigation, Florida Department of Children and Families will issue a report. The allegations will either be Confirmed, Unfounded, or have some other conclusion within the report. If abuse and neglect is confirmed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the records, report, witness statements, and other information contained in the report or attached to the report maybe helpful to a Florida Child Injury Lawyer who pursues a civil claim or case on behalf of the injured child. However, it should be noted that the conclusions and findings in the Florida Department of Children and Families investigation report do not guarantee a result, victory, compensation, or judgment in a civil claim or case for damages. Like any other civil claim or case, the plaintiff has a duty to prove his or her case by preponderance of the evidence. Because of the complexity of cases involving negligence, abuse and neglect two children, it is often helpful to retain the services of a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and legal representation.

The book titled – The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know – has chapters on School Injuries, Day Care Center Injuries, Medical Treatment / Bills, Child Abuse & Neglect, and other topics. You can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury. Another helpful resource for parents is the book titled – Florida Day Care Center Injuries – Building Blocks of Knowledge for Parents. This book is also available for free at Florida Day Care Center Injuries.