What Should I Do if My Child is Injured Because of the Negligence of a Daycare?
While we love our children equally and don’t want any of them to encounter harm, the reality is that our youngest children are often our most potentially vulnerable. This is especially true because many of us have to entrust them to the cart of a daycare or nursery school before they may even be able to talk so that we can go to work to provide for them. And yet, too often we see stories in the news about injuries children sustain while under the supervision of a caregiver – and this is heightened in the day and age of coronavirus.
For example, the Miami Herald recently reported that the Department of Public Health in another state has limited the number of children in any room or other enclosed space to 12 or less. And while Florida public schools are closed until April 15, many Florida daycares remain open despite plunging attendance and increased costs to protect children. Fortunately, the current pandemic isn’t expected to last forever so it is still important to understand the actions you should undertake if your child happens to become injured while in the care of someone else.
General Safety Tips for Leaving Your Child in Someone Else’s Care
- Do your research online. Read reviews and search for how the caregiver ranks online against other providers. What kind of accreditations does the caregiver have? How many children are accepted at one time and how many caregivers are there per child? Doing research up front can help avoid disappointments and problems later.
- Perform regular checks of the daycare both prior to and after enrolling your child. In addition to examining cleanliness standards, make sure that there are no obvious safety concerns such as electronic cables in the floor where children play or unfenced yards.
- Consider and inquire about worst case scenarios. Make sure you understand how the caregiver would operate in the event of your child being injured, a sudden emergency in the home such as a fire or even a natural disaster.
What Should I Do if My Child is Injured at a Daycare?
Every injury doesn’t warrant pursuing a personal injury claim simply because it occurred at a daycare. Kids are kids and as anyone who has spent time around one knows, they are seemingly naturally prone to injury as they explore the world and build relationships with each other. However, in some tragic cases children sustain serious injuries while under the supervision of a caregiver because of the negligence or misconduct of that caregiver. If you suspect that your child has been injured in this kind of situation, obtain medical help as soon as possible. Afterward, reach out to an experienced attorney who can begin examining whether a duty of care was breached.
Allow Us to Advocate for You.
If your child has suffered abuse or neglect while at a daycare or nursery school or your or a loved one has suffered a personal injury of any kind, you may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable. As the Miami injuries to children attorneys at Payer & Associates, we have decades of combined legal experience with a variety of accidents and the resulting injuries. We can guide you through the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected and maximized so that you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. Begin by contacting us today.