I need help here with this question, from the medical field and legal advice?

When taking care of a child in the home with medical problems, and the house is without airconditioning for going on 3 weeks now. I feel there could be legal action taken against the mother, the nurse and the company she works for. Is this right? My supervisor said no, that we could not be held responsible for this. There is an open DFCS case on this child. I simply refused to stay in this house anymore without a/c past the evening hour. The child is now sick with a cold or bronchitus and so am I. Give me your advice on this?

You need to call the anonymous child abuse hotline, if you don’t want your name used. This is a form of child abuse and could result in serious consequences. Report it. It something happens to the child, you will be blamed.

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5 thoughts on “I need help here with this question, from the medical field and legal advice?

    lcmcpa

    (February 22, 2010 - 12:10 am)

    You need to call the anonymous child abuse hotline, if you don’t want your name used. This is a form of child abuse and could result in serious consequences. Report it. It something happens to the child, you will be blamed.
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    Chris K

    (February 22, 2010 - 12:29 am)

    It really depends on how hot it gets in the house, if all the windows are closed, the house becomes unusually hot like a furnace and the child is suffocating in the heat then yeah, there’s a case. But if it’s just unpleasant… well, not much you can do there. Besides, babies managed to survive just fine before the advent of airconditioning. They still do in many parts of the world (that are much hotter than US), even in the deep south.

    What does bronchitus and a cold have to do with lack of airconditioning? I don’t see the connection. Besides, kids get sick all the time….if we were to go after every parent who’s child gets a cold then every parent would be in jail.
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    Windy

    (February 22, 2010 - 12:51 am)

    The child could have allergies, AC won’t help with that. Is the family okay without AC? Even folks who live in the tropics don’t have AC. They open the windows are are used to the heat. To them 70 degrees feels like 40 degrees to us. If there is a case already open, contact the case worker and mention something. There obviously is a reason the state is involved. Not having AC isn’t abuse. Some people hate it. (I love it.) You probably should look for another job. You can’t impose your values on someone.
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    mufasa1023

    (February 22, 2010 - 12:59 am)

    you have to really evaluate how bad the conditions are and what are causing the conditions…not everyone has the money to buy or maintain A/C but just about everybody can open the windows or buy a fan….and getting sick is a common childhood condition…if it’s serious enough is the parent taking them to a doctor or a community clinic? remember that intervening your opinions into somebody elses right to raise their child should be done with extreme caution….to the same extent you would want somebody else telling you how to raise your own children

    doing something differently, even worse, than the way you would do something does not necessarily constitute child abuse
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    Mr Placid

    (February 22, 2010 - 1:16 am)

    Lack of air conditioning does not cause colds. The cold virus causes colds.

    20% of all households in the U.S. do not have A/C. Should we take legal action against all those moms?
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