Daycare Injuries and Abuse
REPRESENTING CHILDREN INJURED AT DAYCARE
Did you know that you may be sending your child to a daycare that has little or no state regulation? In particular, if your child attends a child care program that is operated by state agencies, local governments, military facilities, a religious institution, or is only open on a part time basis, the state may not regulate it at all.
This is frightening to think about as a parent who relies on daycare centers to be properly regulated and controlled. While injuries and abuse do not happen at all daycare centers, these are things that cannot be tolerated and must be monitored.
DAYCARE INJURY STATISTICS
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, at least six out of ten — nearly 13 million — infants, toddlers and preschool children are enrolled in daycare. These centers are supposed to be providing substitute care for your children, but sadly we find that sometimes they may cause more harm than good.
- According to the CPSC, approximately 31,000 children under age 4 are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for injuries at child care settings on average.
- 8% of the child care settings had cribs that did not meet current safety standards.
- 24% of the child care settings did not have safe playground surfacing.
- 13% of the child care settings did not use child safety gates where necessary.
- 26% of the child care settings had loops on the window blind cords.
- 5% of the child care settings had products that had been recalled by CPSC.
TEN POTENTIAL HAZARDS TO CHILDREN AT DAYCARE
There are many things that can pose an injury risk to children in a daycare setting. Here are 10 potential hazards to a child at a daycare facility:
- Wet floors
- Unsafe playground equipment
- Defective or unsafe toys
- Harmful chemicals in accessible places
- Falling objects
- Lack of supervision
- Swimming pools with easy access
- Choking on food or other small objects
- Improper storage of prescription drugs
- Hot surfaces
COMMON TYPES OF DAYCARE INJURIES
Some accidents involving children are simply unavoidable. However, many accidents could be prevented if daycare workers followed common safety procedures, removed hazards (such as those listed above) from the area, or supervised the children in a responsible manner.
Common injuries that occur at child daycare centers include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Choking or strangulation
- Poisoning (by food, chemical, or medicine)
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DAYCARE PROVIDER
- Are children supervised at all times including while sleeping?
- Do the materials and product used adhere to current safety standards?
- Is the playground equipment checked for safety compliance regularly?
- Do signs and teachers promote a positive environment?
- Does the staff have current first aid and CPR training?
CHILD ABUSE AT DAYCARE CENTERS
A parent’s worst nightmare is picking up a child from daycare and discovering mysterious cuts, bruises, or other more serious injuries. Child injuries do not always occur on accident.
If your child comes home with injuries that don’t make sense to you, it may be time to talk to your daycare provider. If abuse by another child or one of the childcare workers is suspected, you should contact your local law enforcement.
You deserve answers, and if the daycare staff is found negligent in the injury of your child, you may be owed compensation for your child’s pain and suffering and any related medical bills.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED CHILD INJURY ATTORNEY
If your child has been injured after an accident or abuse at a daycare center, contact Thomas J. Henry. Parents put their trust in the staff of a daycare facility to keep their children safe and out of harm’s way. It is unacceptable for a child to be subjected to abuse or an unsafe premises while in their care. If your child was seriously injured due to the negligence or abusive actions of daycare staff, call our experienced child injury attorneys today. Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to develop your child’s case properly. Call for a free case review.