Many working parents depend on daycare facilities to supervise and care for their children while they are at work. Daycare workers and facilities have many responsibilities, including:
- Maintaining a safe environment for the child (inspect facility for dangerous conditions)
- Properly supervising the child to prevent accidents and injuries
- Ensuring cleanliness of the facility
- Attending to child’s dietary and medical needs
- Providing adequate staffing to properly care for however many children are present
- Providing proper first aid equipment, bathroom facilities, and adequate access to food and water.
Daycare facilities can be liable for your child’s injuries
If your child is injured while at daycare, it is likely that the daycare’s negligence caused or contributed to the child’s injury. Some common forms of daycare negligence are:
- Lack of proper supervision
- Allowing a child to have access to sharp objects, unlocked doors, dangerous chemicals, or other hazards
- Failing to account for child’s allergies when serving food
- Failure to properly train daycare workers
- Failure to conduct proper background checks prior to hiring workers
Getting a call from the daycare that your child is injured or sick can be a parent’s worst nightmare. Injuries to children can be devastating and have long-lasting effects on their lives. However, it can be comforting to know that you may be able to file a lawsuit against the daycare facility to ensure they are held accountable for their negligent actions, even if you signed a liability waiver when you first enrolled your child in daycare. A personal injury can help you file your claim to recover damages for your child’s medical expenses and physical pain and suffering, as well as any emotional distress you or your child may be experiencing.