Enrolling your child in daycare can be a heart-wrenching but necessary decision. Knowing that someone other than you will be fully responsible for your vulnerable child’s care, safety, and well-being can be a frightening thought. There are so many things to consider. Is your child being treated kindly? Is your child receiving the necessary supervision? Is your child safe?
It may be a matter of careful evaluation of the daycare you choose, and it also becomes a matter of faith in that decision. However, despite making every effort to choose wisely based on the information you had, accidents and neglect can still happen.
There are a wide range of accidents and injuries that can occur at a daycare facility. These include the following, and more:
- Playground accidents. Falling from playground equipment is common. Without proper supervision, serious injuries can occur. If they are severe, or if they are not treated immediately and properly, there can be serious consequences.
- Falls. A fall can happen anywhere at a daycare facility. A child can fall down a staircase when not being watched. Or a child can trip over a toy on the floor and become injured. A child could even fall from a changing table.
- Harmful ingestion. An unwatched child can get into anything quickly – including medications, pest control poisons, and more.
- Choking. A young child can choke easily and quickly on a small toy or food when someone is not watching.
- Allergic reaction. Even if you provide very clear guidelines on any allergies your child may have, an inexperienced or neglectful worker may not take proper precautions. If an allergic reaction is not treated properly and immediately, it can be life-threatening.
- Motor vehicle accident. Some daycare facilities offer field trips, and accidents can and do happen if bus drivers are not properly vetted.
- Mistreatment by other children. Your child may be bullied or treated brutally by another child; and if no one is watching, the injuries can be serious.
- Negligence. Not watching a child for even a few seconds can result in tragedy. Kids have a knack for finding dangerous situations quickly when adult supervision is lacking.
- Abuse. It seems unthinkable, but reports of abuse of children by daycare operators are more common than most people realize.
Your daycare provider has a duty of care to your child. There are many ways that care can lapse, including:
- Inappropriate caregiver to child ratio. Having too many children to watch over means neglect and accidents can happen.
- Inadequate safety standards. When rules and regulations are not communicated, there is no safety framework.
- Insufficient training. Childcare providers in many daycare facilities are often young and inexperienced. If they are not trained properly, your child can suffer the consequences.
- Inadequate administration of food, water, or essential medication. If your child is neglected, he or she may not receive even basic necessities.
- Appropriate bathroom facilities. Without supervision, there are a wide variety of accidents that can occur in a bathroom.
- Improper supervision. So many things can happen without appropriate supervision. For example, a child can wander out a side door and onto a highway.
- Inappropriate screening of personnel. This can result in child abuse.
If your child has experienced neglect or injury at a daycare facility, you will be filled with a range of emotions. You may blame yourself, even though you did your best in selecting proper care. You may be worried about your child’s health and well-being. You may be afraid to trust another daycare provider. During this difficult time, it is important to turn to qualified legal professionals for help.
Columbia Daycare Injury Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Fight to Hold Negligent Daycare Operators Accountable
The experienced legal team at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will perform a thorough investigation and hold accountable those whose negligence or wrongdoing resulted in an injury to your child, working tirelessly to build the strongest case possible for maximum financial compensation. Call 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 to arrange a free consultation with a dedicated and highly skilled Columbia daycare injury lawyer or contact us online.
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