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Kids Get Hurt Too: What To Do If Your Child Is Injured At Daycare

Most parents trust the daycare workers and teachers that are responsible for their child’s safety day in and day out. Unfortunately, injuries do happen. While injuries at daycare can be minor, serious injuries happen too. These injuries can happen when daycare workers aren’t paying attention or when the daycare has dangerous toys or equipment. Injuries like these need to be taken serious—medically and legally. Taking legal action can help ensure that similar injuries don’t happen in the future.

Daycare Laws And Regulations

There are many laws and regulations that control how daycares are supposed to be run. If any of these laws or regulations aren’t followed, your child is at risk. Fortunately, violations of these laws and regulations give parents a legal basis for holding the daycare accountable. Some common daycare rules you should be aware of are:

  • Maintaining the proper adult to child ratio;
  • Providing access to first aid items;
  • Ensuring safety standards are met;
  • Providing proper nutrition and water, including that food is prepared correctly; and
  • Preventing children from wandering into unsafe areas.

Proving Negligence

Negligence is proved by showing that the daycare failed to exercise due care to prevent a foreseeable injury to your child. What that means is that the daycare must take reasonable steps to make sure that your child isn’t injured on its watch. What is reasonable is determined by comparing how your child’s daycare operates to other daycares. If your child’s daycare doesn’t take safety steps taken by other daycares, then it is probably acting negligently.

Another important point is whether your child’s injury was foreseeable. Examples of foreseeable injuries at daycare would be: tripping over toys, falling off playground equipment or being hit by another child. Because these injuries are foreseeable, the daycare has a duty to protect your child from these injuries.

What To Do If Your Child Is Injured

First and foremost, parents should make sure that their child receives prompt medical attention. Parents should also be sure to follow through with all recommended medical treatment for their child. All medical records and bills should be kept by the parents to show the damages that have been suffered. Your attorney will use the amount of medical bills to calculate an amount for pain and suffering that your child should receive because of the injury.

If your child has been injured at daycare and you think it was because of the daycare’s negligence, you should contact an attorney. For more information on Daycare Negligence, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling 727-827-7777 today.

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