While serving a no-knock arrest warrant at 2 am, on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, an Atlanta area toddler was critically burned by a SWAT team stun grenade. The 19-month-old boy remains in critical condition in the burn unit at Grady Memorial Hospital.
During their initial entrance, deputies threw a stun grenade, which landed in the toddlers crib and exploded on the pillow. Acting on information from a confidential informant, the multijurisdictional SWAT team was unaware that children lived in the house.
The local police chief said, You’re trying to minimize anything that could go wrong and in this case the greatest thing went wrong. Is it going to make us be more careful in the next one? Yes ma’am, it is. It’s going to make us double question.’
There is an ongoing district attorney investigation into the SWAT team raid to determine if any criminal charges will be filed.
The 19-month-old boy is currently in a medically induced coma while doctors treat his burns and lacerations. Doctors believe the young boy is paralyzed and lost the use of one lung. Severe burn injuries caused by explosions, like stun grenades, can require months of recovery and multiple reconstructive surgeries or skin grafts.
After catastrophic accidents and burn injuries, families are able to file suit against negligent parties. The results from the ongoing DA investigation will help determine the level of police negligence and fault. Our team at Moraitakis & Kushel LLP strongly recommends that families seek legal representation after a burn injury caused by negligence.
Legal Action for Burn Injuries at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP
When burn injuries result from negligence or preventable causes, people should seek legal assistance. The burn injury lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, work with families after a fire to find compensation for lost wages, hospital expenses, and ongoing medical care. Our team understands the pain and financial burden caused by burn injuries, we help our clients find meaningful results.
If you’ve been burned or injured in a fire, don’t wait to secure legal help. Contact the burn injury attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP to schedule a free consultation. Our office is available at 800-688-2357 or 404-445-1411. After an accident or burn injury, we help families find compensation.