Daycare Negligence Leads to Preventable Injuries - The Lyon Firm

Daycare Negligence Leads to Preventable Injuries

Ohio Attorney Investigating injuries related to daycare negligence


Almost 11 million children attend child care programs across America. Placing a child in the care of a daycare facility can be difficult for any parent. Though the majority of daycare centers are safe and caring businesses, some can be poorly managed, understaffed, disorganized, and abusive, and children may suffer as a result. Daycare centers are regulated by law and each facility must obtain proper licensing if there are more than three children being cared for a the same time. The expectation—particularly when parents are paying for exceptional care—is that your child will be safe from harm each and every day.

When accidents do occur, due to daycare negligence, lack of supervision, and mismanaged facilities, the responsible parties can be held liable, and with lawsuits, families may recover damages and make certain future injuries are prevented in the future.

Daycare centers are treated like schools in regard to laws and guidelines they must adhere to in order to ensure the safety of children. Daycares have a duty to remain clean, safe, and up-to-date on first-aid and basic childcare. Daycare companies should be careful in hiring practices, in day-to-day supervision, and should they fail to follow laws and preventative safety measures, allowing accidents to occur, a premises liability claim may be filed against them.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio premises liability and personal injury attorney investigating claims of daycare negligence and workplace violations.


Types of Daycare Negligence

Most daycare center accidents are not intentional, but in some situations the daycare providers may be held accountable for not providing a safe environment. In other cases, daycare staff may commit obvious offenses that lead directly to injury. Common types of negligence that may occur at daycare centers include:

  • Lack of supervision
  • Untrained staff
  • Dangerous playground equipment
  • Failure to keep a clean and sanitary environment
  • Presence of lead-based paint
  • Presence of recalled toys
  • Unprotected sharp corners
  • Keeping dangerous dogs and other animals around children
  • Ingestion of allergens or toxic substances
  • Uncovered electrical outlets or other dangerous items in plain view
  • Lack of safe boundaries or safety gates
  • Sexual abuse or inappropriate contact
  • Physical and verbal abuse
  • Medicinal abuse—children given drugs without parent’s consent
  • Deliberate failure to accommodate special dietary requirement
  • Do not warn children of potential facility dangers
  • Any injury occurring because of a lack of attention

The Signs of Daycare Negligence & Abuse

It is terrifying for parents to think about their child in danger at a daycare facility, particularly because in most cases of daycare negligence, children are unable to identify or verbalize any possible safety issues. There are basic signs of emotional and physical distress, however, which may include:

  • Bruises or cuts
  • Child appears unclean or has a foul odor
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Child is hungrier than they should be after pickup
  • Emotional outbursts and anxiety when discussing or entering the daycare center
  • Bedwetting increases due to stress
  • Changes in child’s behavior or mood
  • Problems sleeping

If you suspect a child is being neglected or abused by a daycare provider, contact a doctor, the police or child protective services, and an experienced attorney. These authorities can help investigate an injury claim.


How to Choose a Proper Daycare Facility

Daycare negligence often goes unnoticed until abuse has already occurred. This makes it essential to vet a daycare facility before entrusting them with your child. When choosing a daycare center, a parent should make sure certain criteria is met. For example, a daycare facility should provide:

  • Proper staff to child ratio
  • Staff trained in CPR and other first aid procedure
  • Access to first aid materials
  • Proper licensing
  • Adequate and healthy food schedule
  • Sanitary bathroom facilities
  • Strict boundaries and safety measures to prevent child wandering
  • Carbon monoxide detectors, smoke and fire alarms present
  • Safe toys and playground equipment
  • Proper fencing and door locks
  • No questionable pets or animals present
  • Adequate childproofing on cabinets and doors

Common Daycare Negligence Related Injuries

If your child has suffered an injury due to daycare negligence and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.

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