What Should I do if my Child is Harmed at Daycare?

What Should I do if my Child is Harmed at Daycare?

Parents trust that daycare workers understand how important their job truly is. In a way, daycare workers must behave as “parents away from home,” meaning it is their job to ensure all children are safe and adequately taken care of until their parents return. When this is not the case and a child is injured or harmed as a result, parents feel enraged and betrayed that someone could be so careless with the most important thing in the world to them. If you are a parent seeking compensation for the neglect or abuse of your child, please read on to learn more:

What are some types of daycare negligence?

Unfortunately, though it is disturbing to think and say, there are several ways in which a daycare can be negligent with your children. Some examples of negligent or inappropriate daycare behavior and scenarios are as follows:

  • Failing to supervise children at all times
  • Ignoring children’s complaints, such as reports of pain, sickness, or bullying
  • Mold on the walls
  • Broken glass on the floor
  • Daycare staff neglecting to ask a child’s parents about his or her food allergies
  • Failing to ensure all playground equipment is safe and in working condition
  • Failing to screen potential employees to ensure they are capable of caring for children
  • Insufficient staff-to-child ratio, meaning there are too many children for the number of adult supervisors to do their jobs properly
  • Insufficient access to clean food and water
  • Failing to ensure that all choking hazards are kept away from children
  • Failing to stow all potentially toxic-if-ingested materials away

If you suspect your child is being physically or otherwise abused by a negligent daycare, you must call 911 immediately to keep your child safe. You may also call the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment at 1-800-342-3720.

Can I sue if my child is injured at daycare?

Fortunately, you can, whether you signed any sort of liability clause or not. However, you must first hire an experienced attorney who knows how to hold negligent daycare facilities accountable.

To successfully sue a negligent daycare, you must first prove that your child was indeed enrolled in that daycare, and that the daycare, therefore, owed him or her a duty of care. From here, your attorney must obtain enough evidence to prove that either an employer or staff member breached that duty of care, and your child was injured or harmed as a direct result of that person’s negligence. If you can prove a daycare was negligent, you will receive the financial compensation you and your child need.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

The Law Offices of Laurence C. Tarowsky is proud to serve clients in New York City and the surrounding areas after they have been injured by someone else’s negligence. For a consultation, contact our office today.

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