Dealing with the serious injury or death of a child is one of the most devastating tragedies a family can endure. When a child injury is involved, a parent or legal guardian will need to seek a claim or lawsuit on a child’s behalf. Child injury claims are complex and often complicated by medical issues associated with growth and development, and by the legal issues involved with bringing a claim for damages on behalf of a minor child.
Typical causes for child injuries include watercraft incidents, dog bites and animal attacks, ATV’s and other off-road vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, swimming pools incidents, burn injuries, school bus stop accidents, defective products, falling objects, car wrecks, bicycle collisions, pedestrian incidents, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse.
Daycare Accident and Child Injury
One of the most common places where a child injury can occur is at a daycare or childcare facility (which are supposed to be safe environments for children). Injuries can occur as a result of lack of supervision, defective playground equipment, or abuse by a daycare worker. All too often, an accident and child injury will occur while a child should have been under the watchful eyes of their instructor (such as during free play, on the playground, and before meals). So adult supervision is necessary at all times in order to prevent child injuries.
A 1997 study conducted by the CPSC (Consumer and Product Safety Commission) revealed that 13 million children were placed in daycare facilities. During that same year, it was estimated that 31,000 children visited the emergency room due to injuries occurring in daycare and childcare settings. Between 1990 to 1997, at least 56 children died in daycare and childcare settings (almost 28 of those children died from asphyxia).
As most preschool-aged children are now spending large amounts of time in day care child care settings, there is an increasing need for a safe and stimulating environment. Below are some questions parents should ask when considering a day care or child care facility:
What is the caregiver to child ratio?
Is the facility licensed? If so, by whom?
How long has the facility been in operation?
Have the primary caregiver and other staff undergone CPR training?
Has there been a serious child injury or death within the facility?
Can you observe the caregiver/s in action?
How will the provider discipline your child?
How will you be informed about your child’s misconduct and the disciplinary measures taken?
If your child is hurt in the day care how will the child be treated and how will you be informed.
If the children are taken out on outings what are the measures to keep them safe? How will you be contacted in case of an emergency?
If your child has been injured as a result of another person’s negligence, contact a child injury attorney at the Glover Law Firm today for a free consultation and case evaluation. You can reach us at (352) 205-4495 or toll-free at (888) 989-1123. You can also contact us online.
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