Attorney Eric Hageman says the parents of the 2-year-old who died from E. coli linked to The Learning Vine daycare facility want answers and accountability. The Learning Vine is located in Greenwood, South Carolina. We are a Minnesota law firm with a national practice in the area of infectious disease litigation.
Yesterday, Eric, along with local counsel, filed a lawsuit against The Learning Vine for the wrongful death of M.M., a child who was attending the facility when he died on May 31, 2015, of an E. coli O157 infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe complication that causes renal failure. You can read more about the E. coli wrongful death suit against The Learning Vine here.
Preventing a Similar Tragedy
Daycare providers need to take every precaution to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. Eric is spreading the message via the media. Below are some of his quotes published to date:
- “This is not about money, because there is no amount of money that can ever bring Myles back, but the Mayfields want to ensure that no other family will ever have to lose a child the way they did. If The Learning Vine’s employees had simply followed basic hygiene practices — hand-washing, keeping diaper stations clean, etc. — Myles would not have been infected and he would be alive today.” — Eric quoted in the Greenville News
- “The Mayfield family simply wants some accountability. This is not about money, because there is no amount of money that can ever bring Myles back, but the Mayfields want to ensure that no other family will ever have to lose a child the way they did. They want to ensure that the daycare providers whom we entrust with taking care of our children will abide by the regulations in place to protect our children. If something good can come out of something bad, they would feel that Myles’s death was not in vain. Because it is clear that if the rules were followed here, this tragedy could have been avoided.” —Eric quoted by Fox Carolina
- “This was an entirely preventable tragedy. While I’m sure no one at The Learning Vine wanted this to happen, it happened because this daycare didn’t follow the rules. Parents have a right to expect that daycare facilities to which they entrust their children will follow basic safety and hygiene regulations in place to protect them. Here, that didn’t happen and this family is entitled to know why.” —Eric Quoted by WSPA/CBS
Eric Hageman can be reached at 1-888-377-8900 (toll-free) or via email at [email protected].
As Eric filed this lawsuit, another outbreak linked to daycare was reported. Read about the E. coli outbreak linked to an Indiana daycare.