If you are like many other parents, your child spends her day at a daycare center while you are at work. You researched different centers and did your best to make the best choice for your child. However, no matter how much homework you did, your young child could become injured due to the negligence of his daycare provider.
What Are Common Ways That Children Are Injured at Daycare Centers?
Daycare centers and other child care providers have a duty to provide properly trained staff and a safe environment for babies and children. Injuries can result when daycare providers breach this duty. Common way accidents occur include:
- Untrained staff. Daycare providers need to be properly trained in how to engage in stimulating activities with the children in their care and to keep them safe. When staff are not trained properly, they cannot spot a potential problem before an accident happens or cannot deal with one when it occurs.
- Improper supervision. Young children in daycare and other childcare settings do not have the ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations. When they are not properly supervised, they can play with a toy that is unsafe for their age, hurt themselves on playground equipment, or get involved in other dangerous activities that could result in their injuries.
- Slip and fall accidents. Spills of food and liquids, debris, toys strewn on the floor, cracked flooring and worn carpet, and other hazards can be a slip, fall, or trip hazard for a young child when daycare centers do not maintain a clean and safe environment for them.
- Faulty equipment. When daycares fail to repair or replace faulty cribs, playground equipment, high chairs, and other equipment that young children use, a tragic accident is the likely consequence.
- Lack of medical care. Daycare providers should be trained in first aid and how to handle the medical conditions of children in their care. When they fail to recognize that a child is experiencing a medical problem and provide appropriate care, the child can suffer a medical emergency, sometimes life-threatening.
- Unsafe toys. Children can suffer serious injuries when daycare staff allow them to play with toys that pose a choking hazard or other hazard to them or are defective.
- Unsanitary conditions. Keeping a daycare facility clean and sanitary is essential to avoid the spread of germs and other illnesses between children or children and staff.
If your child suffered an injury at a daycare center, he may be entitled to compensation for his injuries. However, it will be up to you as his parent to pursue his claim. Schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you hold the daycare provider liable for compensating your child.
Category: Slip and Fall
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