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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.