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Daycare Injuries and Abuse

Identifying and Preventing Daycare Injuries and Abuse

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 sponsored by 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 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.

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
  • Bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Neck injuries
  • Choking or strangulation
  • Burns
  • Drowning
  • 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

At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7. Nights and weekends.

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