Unfortunately, daycare abuse is a growing problem in America. At the very least, it has become more visible. While we expect our children to be safe in these types of childcare settings, the truth is that parents and caregivers need to be alert and act on any suspicions of child abuse as soon as possible.
Following the Procedure
If a child has suffered from abuse in an Indiana daycare, the first step the parents should take is to remove that child from the daycare and immediately seek a medical evaluation. Once the doctor has evaluated the child, the next step is to file a complaint with the proper authorities (police, licensing agencies, daycare director, and any other investigative agencies or personnel that may have an interest).
Although the parents cannot compel police to file criminal charges (that decision is left to the DA), they do have the right to bring a civil lawsuit in order to recover money damages from the liable party or daycare facility. In order to ensure a successful outcome, it’s advisable to seek the services of a lawyer who is experienced in handling cases of daycare abuse in Indiana.
Our firm can speak with you over the telephone and explain the options that are available based on the information you provide. If we believe your case has merit, we may be able to take on your case on contingency. This means that there will be no out of pocket cost to pursue your claim. If we’re successful in recovering compensation, we’ll take a fee. If we’re unable to win your case, you walk away owing us nothing in attorneys fees.
We will seek compensation for all damages related to your child’s injuries, including:
- Medical bills
- Time lost from work
- Obtaining alternative child care
Daycare Abuse & Negligence
Daycare centers are legally obligated to operate, maintain, and supervise their facilities in order to ensure the children have a safe environment. There are specific rules and building codes daycare centers in Indiana must follow. These rules are designed to ensure children remain safe from harm. The problem is that in spite of the rules and regulations, daycare centers are still businesses, and some place higher priority on profits than the safety of children.
Some examples of daycare negligence include the following:
- Understaffing that results in minimal supervision
- Failing to screen new employees properly and efficiently
- Physically and sexually abusing the children in their care
- Maintaining broken equipment which has the potential to cause serious injury or even death
- Failing to respond to medical emergencies
- Allowing the children to wander all over the premises unsupervised
- Allowing the structure to become unsafe and cause injuries to children
- Failing to monitor the children for signs of abuse or bullying
If your child has suffered abuse while at a daycare in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, or anywhere in Indiana, we can help you assess the facts and determine your options free of charge. To speak with one of our experienced lawyers today, call our office at 1-877-403-9378 or email us by using the contact form on this page.
I have a 8 mo old son that has returned home from daycare twice in the past week with scratches and welts to his face and left eyelid. We’ve taken photos, and upon pickup today one of the employees were adamant that “he scratched hisself today”. However, the scratches aren’t consistent of an infant scratch. Due to their lack of staffing, I believe he’s being neglected and subsequent to physical abuse. I am curious of my options and next steps.