No parent expects a daycare to harm their child in any way, however, parents must know what to look for in case it does. There are several warning signs, and there is also a legal procedure you must follow when you wish to take action. To learn more about what to do if your child was injured at daycare, please read on.
What are some signs of daycare negligence or abuse?
As a parent of a young child, it is the unfortunate reality that you must constantly ensure nobody is taking advantage of or hurting him or her. Sadly, many parents are shocked to find that their children are not being properly taken care of in daycare by simply observing and communicating with their child. Some signs and types of daycare negligence are as follows:
- Children consistently getting sick
- Children consistently coming home with bruises or other signs of physical abuse
- Daycares failing to inquire about children’s food allergies, or inquiring and then ignoring them by feeding a child that food
- Not providing access to clean food or water
- Having broken glass or other safety hazards on the premises
- Not having the appropriate ratio of staff members to children
- Failing to supervise and assist children at all times
- Ignoring children’s complaints of sickness, bullying, or pain
Can I sue a daycare?
Fortunately, you can. To sue a daycare, you will have to prove several things. First, you must prove that your son or daughter was enrolled in the daycare service and that the service, therefore, owed your child a duty of care. Next, you will have to prove that a negligent daycare employer or staff member breached that duty of care by acting negligently, directly injuring or harming your child as a result. If you and your child have suffered significant damages, you should be entitled to financial compensation.
How do I prove my claim against a daycare?
There are several different types of evidence you and your attorney may provide to prove your claim. You and your attorney may obtain security camera footage of the incident, pictures of your child’s injuries or the hazardous conditions in the daycare, medical documents regarding your child’s injuries, witness statements, and more. If you suspect your child is a victim of daycare negligence or abuse, you should call 911 now. You may save lives.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.