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A social worker that transported myself and my child after we were both hurt did not install car seat properly. Car seat strap injured my daughters neck and we (the parents) were blamed for this injury. By whom? The authorities? Have you been charged with neglect of the child's welfare? Or did some unofficial person simply say this?
I have the original hospital reports that show no neck injury, and then the reports after transportation that show injury. Which is excellent evidence, likely.
This was not acknowledged. Again, by whom was it not acknowledged? If you were accusing the agency from which the SW came from,that would be typical (silence) because admissions by that agency of liability could be used in court if you ever sued civilly for your child's injury. They have no legal duty, unless and until you sue the agency and/or the SW, to speak to you or admit something. Freedom to not speak, so to speak (no pun in tended).
Is this grounds for a lawsuit?If your daughter was injured due to the negligence of another person, it can be yes. If it was a state agency and the SW worked for a governmental agency, there may be "immunity" from suit - however, often the government in a particular location has chosen to 'waive' immunity under certain circumstances, so you will want to discuss that issue with your attorney, to see if you can defeat any existing immunity.
How can I find a lawyer in Alaska?Call your Alaska bar association, and if your county has one, try that one first. You can also do a google search, pointing out your metro area and "personal injury lawyer", or use lawyer.com, martindale.com, etc.
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