Two-Year-Old Jordan Smith Suffers Third Degree Burns at Lil Rascals Learning Center in Mesquite; Located at 2424 Baker Drive

On March 27, 2013, two-year-old Jordan Smith received third degree burns to his right hand when Johnnie Brown, a former employee of Lil Rascals Learning Center, washed his hands. The abusive incident began when Jordan had an accident in the bathroom, and ran into the classroom to Brown, seeking help to clean himself up. Surveillance footage shows Brown sending Jordan back into the bathroom alone; after scolding and hitting the little boy. Jordan Smith was left unattended in the restroom for another fifteen minutes, before he came back out; completely naked this time, when Brown proceeded to wash his hands. Also evident in the surveillance footage is the emphasis Brown places on Jordan’s right hand after washing them. After studying the burned hand, Brown is seen wrapping the boy in a towel and leaving the classroom; where the remaining two-year-olds were left unattended for over ten minutes before another care giver arrived. Reports also note that 911 was never called for the burn incident, and the child did not receive emergency medical care immediately following the accident. Below is a map that depicts the location of the daycare, followed by a video with further details of the injury the child sustained; courtesy of WFAA:

 


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Legal Commentary

The abuse this young boy received at a state licensed and certified daycare is absolutely appalling. Because of the careless negligence Johnnie Brown portrayed in this classroom towards Jordan Smith, this young boy will now have to live with severe scarring, as well as negative psychological effects from this incident for the rest of his life. Considering the severe third degree burns Smith suffered to his hand, the child could potentially undergo skin grafts, and will likely be required to wear a protective pressure glove to reduce scarring and deformities of his hand as the burn heals. While felony charges have been filed against Johnnie Brown and the Lil Rascals Learning Center, it is important that Smith’s mother also file a civil claim against the former employee and the daycare center. Filing a civil claim for her son’s personal injury, pain, and suffering will help Smith’s mother receive the financial resources necessary for the expensive medical bills and therapy that accompany severe burns like Jordan’s, and will ensure that this family does not have to pay out-of-pocket for any medical treatment. If you or a loved one have experienced a severe injury as a result of someone else’s negligent conduct, the successful personal injury attorneys at the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm can provide you with the exceptional guidance and legal representation necessary to affectively pursue a claim against the responsible party. To schedule a free consultation, click here, or call our office at 1.866.705.7584.

 

About the Author

Majed Nachawati is a preeminent wrongful death lawyer with a focus on representing victims and families involved in general personal injury claims, negligent childcare accidents, work accidents, automobile accidents, and product liability claims. He attended Richland High School, Southern Methodist University for his undergraduate degree, and The University of Houston for Law School. Following Law School, Mr. Nachawati completed a two year clerkship for a Texas Court of Appeals. After his tenure with the court, Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four years in a row due primarily to his legal excellence involving catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death cases, and products liability cases. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellowship Member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Nachawati can be reached at 1.866.705.7584 or by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com. Information about Mr. Nachawati and his wrongful death case resolutions can be found by contacting him or viewing his Super Lawyer's Profile.

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