Broken Trust was authored by attorneys David Wolf and Christopher Keane. Simply put, this book is a guide for people with the various issues that arise in the aftermath of the abuse, neglect, or molestation of a child. But it is only a beginning to the legal process, not an end unto itself.
As parents, we work tirelessly to provide for the safety and well-being of our children. The job, joy, or obligation of being a parent is not limited to the hours of 9 to 5, or certain days a week. Whether a parent is supervising the child, or earning money in the workplace to provide for the child, the goal and purpose of most parents are the same which are to raise and support the child in an environment that promotes the child's education, health, well-being, and last, but not least, the child's safety. While parents would like to have a 24 / 7 watch and protection over their children, this just is not practical in this day and age. Furthermore, as children grow older through elementary school and beyond, it is just part of the maturity process for children to slowly learn about independence and responsibility. Unfortunately and tragically, children are the subject to acts of abuse and neglect by other adults, other children, and even so-called trustworthy people charged with the very responsibility of supervising children including but not limited to teachers, child care providers, coaches, neighbors, relatives, and others.
This book titled -Broken Trust - Abuse, Neglect, and Molestation - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - was written for parents seeking answers and information when a child suffers personal injuries as a result of acts involving abuse, neglect, and / or molestation. The issues and challenges of dealing with the aftermath the physical and / or emotional injuries to a child are many in number. They range from medical treatment to insurance issues to financial issues to legal issues and beyond. Certainly, a child is in no position to handle these matters on his or her own. Furthermore, a parent, who often has limited experience in dealing with insurance and legal matters, is not in a very good position to advocate effectively for the child. This book provides information to parents to educate them as to some of the issues and questions that arise when a child suffers significantly in the form of physical and / or emotional injuries.
It is important for parents to be educated as to these matters so that they can make an informed decision about medical treatment, insurance, insurance claims, reimbursement, and, yes, legal representation. It should be noted that this book contains a good bit of helpful and usable information; however, the book was not written as a recipe or formula for handling a claim or case on behalf of the injured child. Frankly, there are too many twists and turns and variety of factors in any given personal injury claim or case. Because of this, parents should use this book only as a guide and reference in pursuing a legal claim or case with the benefit of the services and representation of a Child Injury Lawyer. When a child is injured as a result of the negligent or intentional harmful acts of others, the child deserves a voice and advocate to protect and enforce the child's legal rights.