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The attorneys with Talenfeld Law have spent almost 30 years fighting for abused, disabled and injured kids in foster care and other child welfare settings in personal injury and damages cases. Below is a sample of some of our most successful results.

Disclaimer: Most cases result in a lower recovery. Results may not be typical and reflect awards before deduction for attorneys’ fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.

Law Firm for Eight Abused Former Foster Care Children Settle With NYC, Child Care Agencies for $26 Million

Attorneys representing eight developmentally disabled foster children who were placed in what one judge called a “house of horrors” foster home settled with New York state adoption and child welfare agencies and their state-contracted providers in 2014 for $26 million.

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Foster Kids Abused in Horrific New York Case Settle for $9.7 Million

Foster child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld in December 2012 represented several former-foster kids in a horrific abuse case one judge called a “house of horrors.” The City of New York, a defendant in the case, agreed to pay $9.7 million to settle the lawsuit. The money will help the former foster kids, some of whom were destitute and homeless at the time of the settlement.

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Florida Department of Children & Families Hit With $5 Million Verdict in Child-On-Child Sex Abuse

Florida child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld earned a $5 million jury verdict in 2013 against the Florida Department of Children & Family Services on behalf a child repeatedly raped by a foster child and known child-on-child sexual predator who had been placed in the plaintiff’s home.

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State Care Provider Settles Violent Child-On-Child Rape for $4 Million

Child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld successfully negotiated a $4 million settlement on behalf of a child repeatedly raped in a residential facility. Administrators at the center were ignorant of systemic abuse, repeated reports by and from state officials, the testimony of another minor child who was raped while there, as well as a psychiatrist and the child aggressor.

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DCF, Care Provider Settle Over Child Left Brain Damaged After Near-Drowning

Howard Talenfeld, on behalf of representatives for Angela, a 2-year-old foster child left brain damaged after a near-drowning, brought suit in Pinellas County, Florida, against the Department of Children and Families, and foster parents Ronald and Joyce Bryson, and private care providers Help a Child Inc., and Family Continuity Program, Inc. The parties settled to ensure Angela would receive the skilled medical care her doctors said she would need for the rest of her life.

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Girls Sexually Abused by Mother Earn $2 Million Settlement from ChildNet and Florida Department of Children and Families

Child sexual abuse attorney, Howard Talenfeld, negotiated a $2 million settlement with a community-based care provider for two young girls who were repeatedly sexually abused by their mother, even after experts warned she was a threat to their safety. The case became an example of threats and warnings ignored and responsibility denied.

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Unreported Child-On-Child Sexual Abuse Leads to Settlement for Two Developmentally Disabled Boys

Florida child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld represented two developmentally disabled, minor boys who were placed in a series of group homes and left to suffer repeated physically, emotional and sexual abuse by other children and staff. Attorneys negotiated a settlement with the facility’s owners, and then worked with experts who formulated life care plans for the sexually abused, developmentally disabled children.

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Abuse of 4-Month-Old Child Leads to Settlement With Community-Based Care Provider

Florida child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld represented the family of a 4-month-old girl who brought suit against a community-based care provider for placing the girl at “substantial risk” for continued abuse and for failing to offer voluntary protective services (“VPS”) to prevent such further risk.

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Wrongful Adoption Case Leads to Civil Rights, Negligence Claims and Settlement With DFC and Private Providers

A 2012 settlement negotiated for an undisclosed sum negotiated by child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld against the Florida Department of Children and Families and various private providers settled a horrific wrongful adoption, negligence and civil rights case. Talenfeld argued the defendants were deliberately indifferent to and neglected the child’s essential needs after he was removed from his parents by state child protection agents.

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Firm Earns Consent Decree Leading to Reforms, Increased Budget in Broward County Foster Care System

In 1998, Howard Talenfeld instituted a class action with the Youth Law Center against the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCF”) in the case of Ward v. Kearney. The case led to a consent decree, significant institutional reforms and a near-tripling of the budget for the Broward County, Florida, foster care system.

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Firm Sues Florida Dept. of Children & Families, Settles Negligence Case for $14.26 Million

Child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of 19 children in the Southern District of Florida in Miami against nine Florida Department of Children and Families employees who were responsible for the children’s adoption and / or investigations of the abuse allegations. The State settled all of the Plaintiffs’ claims, including a negligence claim in Alachua County against DCF, for a total of $14.26 million. Read the case here: DCB1, et al, vs. Peg Shappell, et al, Case No. 06-60050-civ-Lenard

Abused Florida Foster Children Win $2.9 Million in Landmark Civil Rights Decision

Sexual abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld argued before the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta, which let stand an action brought by three young boys sexually abused by two older boys in the same Florida foster home. The Court agreed in this significant civil rights case that the state had violated the children’s Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process rights to physical safety and to be free from an unreasonable risk of harm. Lead counsel Howard Talenfeld won his clients a settlement of $2.925 million – and a change in how the state must treat foster children. Read more about the case here: H.A.L. v. Foltz, No. 07-15791 (11th Cir. 12/15/2008) (11th Cir., 2008)

Civil Rights Win Brings Sexually Assaulted & Neglected Siblings $5 Million Settlement

Child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld prevailed in this precedent-setting federal civil rights claim brought by six siblings (collectively called “John Roes” to protect the minors’ identities) who were egregiously physically, sexually and emotionally abused and neglected in a foster / adoptive home in Broward County, Florida. Read more about the case here: Roes

Firm Establishes Precedent For Civil Statutory Damages Claim for Developmentally Disabled

Child abuse attorney Howard Talenfeld argued this ground-breaking decision, in which the Third District Court of Appeal’s decision was the first to establish a private cause of action for damages based upon the violation of Florida’s Bill of Rights for the developmentally disabled under § 393.13, Florida Statutes. As a result, this led to a confidential settlement of this wrongful death damages claim. Read more about the case here: Baumstein v. Sunrise Communities, 738 So. 2d 420 (Fla. 3d DCA 1999).

Attorneys Establish Standard Used to Determine Eligibility Based Upon Mental Retardation in State of Florida

In this important case, Howard Talenfeld established the standard used to determine eligibility based upon mental retardation in the State of Florida when, for more than 20 years, the state of Florida arbitrarily denied eligibility to persons who met the threshold established by the Florida Legislature. Webb established the law that the Agency for Persons with Disabilities cannot pick and choose between available full scale IQ scores to defeat eligibility, but rather must consider all scores in making its determination and then look to the persons adaptive or survival skills in determining eligibility. Read about the case here: Webb v. APD, 939 So. 2d 1182 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006)

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