Parents regularly worry about the safety of their children, but the concern and feeling of helplessness can be greatly elevated when the child is under someone else’s care and supervision. Many parents must work to support their families and, as a result, daycare service is a necessity. Mothers and fathers want to feel confident that their child will not be injured at daycare and will be properly supervised at all times. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and children can be injured. However, there is a fine line between “kids being kids” and outright negligence or improper supervision.
Examples of Actual Daycare Accidents
Let’s look at the following two examples of injuries sustained at child daycare and whether or not any possibility for negligence occurred.
Were they At-Fault?
The above examples describe scenarios where day care attendants could have taken greater measures to prevent or respond to an accident.
As a Parent, What Course of Action Can I Take?
Parents should make themselves aware of their child’s daycare accident and injury policy. Furthermore, a parent must perform due diligence to ensure that the daycare and its workers are properly licensed. Individuals licensed in child daycare services must pass a background check and basic safety/medical training to earn their certificate. In the case of the church daycare, churches are exempt and are not required to be licensed in most states. Church daycare services can be cost effective alternatives, but is the safety risk worth the savings?
If a daycare injury does take place, it is important that a parent seek immediate medical care for their child. This is a “better safe than sorry” case and if a parent feels any unrest, obtaining a medical opinion can be the safest route to take. The example of the baby portrayed a severe case of an injury that did not display any immediate visible signs. The child’s health is the first priority.
If a child is diagnosed and treated for an injury, negligence may be to blame. If a parent is unsure of his/her rights or suspects negligence in any way, it is helpful to contact a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney can help to determine whether or not a third party was negligent thus resulting in the child’s injury and may also be able to help the affected parents to pursue a legal claim.