Erie, PA (September 4, 2019) – National law firm Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, P.C., (SMB) is now leading the legal representation on behalf of two-year-old Dalvin Anthony Pacley, one of five children that died as a result of the August 11, 2019 fire in the Harris Family Day Care in Erie, Pennsylvania. Long time, highly recognized Erie attorney John B. Carlson is serving as co-counsel on the legal team that is determined to conduct an unrelenting search for answers and justice in the aftermath of the devastating tragedy.
Karina Facchiano, Dalvin’s mother, said she will forever mourn the death of her son, and the other victims, and believes that she must do all she can, in Dalvin’s memory, to “make sure every question about why and how the fire was caused – and who should be held responsible – must be answered to make sure no other lives are lost in day care centers, in Erie or anywhere.” Dalvin, would have celebrated his third birthday on October 12th.
We will do everything possible to get to the whole truth, and make sure such a senseless tragedy like this never happens again. Sadly, it took this horrific tragedy to prompt common sense fire-safety reforms, including those regarding enhanced smoke-detector requirements, that would apply to all of Erie’s residential day care facilities and those throughout Pennsylvania.
Larry Bendesky, a co-founder of Philadelphia-based SMB, whose national practice has included successfully trying a wide range of mass casualty, wrongful-death, fire, and products liability cases.
Attorney Carlson, who has tried to verdict or settlement countless criminal and civil cases, added, “We will work cooperatively with the authorities to ensure that every deeply disturbing question, including all those regarding the failure to ensure a safe environment in this licensed facility, is addressed. When you drop your child off and trust their care to a “professional” caretaker, you have every right and every reason to expect they’ll be safely returned when you pick them up.”
Robert W. Zimmerman, of SMB, added, “Dalvin’s death, and the deaths of the four other young children, has touched all those in Erie and throughout the country. Anyone with any information that may prove helpful in the investigation of the catastrophe is strongly encouraged to come forward, confidentially, to either Erie investigators or our legal team.”
The firm is weighing all legal options following this tragedy.
If you have any information concerning the tragedy that could be helpful to the families, please contact any of the following attorneys:
John B. Carlson
Robert W. Zimmerman