Choosing the right daycare is an important process parents must go through. Daycares are regulated by state and federal laws, and should always abide by them. Daycares must have licensing no matter where they operate if there are more than three children being cared for.
Parents expect their children to be looked after with the same degree of care and safety as they would be at home. When choosing a daycare, parents should consider those that have good recommendations by word of mouth, and those that are willing to allow tours without notice.
While children are bound to have the occasional accident, they should not be serious and should be few and far between. Many accidents at daycares can be avoided through proper upkeep and preventative measures. Daycares should always remain clean and up-to-code, and staff should always follow proper procedures for first-aid and care.
Unfortunately, many daycares across the country do not follow these laws and measures, allowing accidents to happen because of the negligent acts of employees. If your child has been injured while under the supervision or care of a daycare, the legal team at Jenkins Utley, P.C. can help you get justice. Our daycare negligence lawyers will fight to receive the compensation you deserve.
Types of Negligence
Most accidents are not intentional, but daycare providers may be held accountable regardless of deliberate negligence. In some unfortunate cases, daycare employees do commit intentional offenses, for which they should be held entirely responsible. There are many types of negligence, some include:
- Failure to maintain a clean, sanitary, and non-hazardous environment
- Sexual abuse or sexual contact – including fondling, rape, or subjection to sexually explicit content
- Physical abuse – such as touching in a violent manner or restricting from necessary amenities like the bathroom or water
- Medicinal abuse – children cannot be given any medication unless there is consent from parents and a doctor
- Verbal abuse – including exposure to profanity and verbal threats
- Failure to accommodate a child’s special needs
Know the Signs of Daycare Abuse
Parents, guardians, and others must know the warning signs of abuse and neglect. Signs can be both emotional and physical. Signs of abuse are those such as:
- The appearance of bruises or cuts
- The child appears unclean after pickup
- Unexplained, repeated injuries
- The child exhibits extreme hunger after leaving daycare
- Emotional outbursts when talking about or going to daycare
- The child begins bedwetting
Common Causes of Negligent Daycare Accidents
If you’re a parent or guardian, you know anything can happen to a child in a matter of seconds. Lack of supervision and poor daycare services lead to many harmful and sometimes tragic accidents. Common causes of daycare accidents include:
- Lead-based paint is present
- Recalled toys
- Sharp corners
- Ingestion of toxic substance
- Dangerous playground equipment
- Untrained staff
- Uncovered electrical outlets
- Child-on-child injuries
- Non-use of safety gates
If you suspect your child is being abused at the hands of a daycare provider or has been injured due to negligence, be sure to have a doctor take a look and contact the police or child protective services immediately. These authorities will investigate this claim and help refer you to any other necessary medical professionals. Next, hire an attorney to represent you should evidence expose abuse or negligence.
Contact the daycare abuse lawyers at Jenkins Utley, P.C. to receive representation and support during any litigation or legal proceedings.
Our lawyers know how important your child’s wellbeing is and will fight for compensation for your child’s emotional, physical, and mental harm. Your first consultation is free, schedule with us online or call (404) 919-7297 to set up an appointment.