The warning signs of daycare abuse and negligence are unique, yet similar.
Children may be injured, suffer psychological damage or suffer other ill effects when a daycare provider fails to provide adequate care for their charges. If this has happened to you, you may be able to file a lawsuit. The reason that the court system provides an option to these parents is simple: the dangers are real. When you consider what can go wrong, it’s easy to understand why some parents choose to sue negligent providers.
Dangers to Children
A negligent daycare facility is one that simply cannot provide the services it offers. Unfortunately, in order to be held legally-responsible for this, someone has to file a lawsuit. Eventually, negligence usually results in physical harm that leads to this. A child at a negligent facility may:
- Be left alone for long stretches of time
- Not be given or be given medicines or first aid incorrectly
- May be injured due to inadequate or incompetent supervision
- May be abused due to inadequate or incompetent supervision
A daycare abuse attorney can help you to determine if you have a case for negligence. In order to build such a case, you’ll have to establish that the facility’s failure to do something you reasonably expected them to do caused you or your child harm in some way. There are many different ways that daycare facilities can be negligent. The term doesn’t mean the same thing as neglect, although that is one type of negligence. There are many ways that this term can be applied to the actions of a daycare provider and an attorney can help you to determine if it applies in your case.
One of the hardest things about filing a daycare abuse suit is assigning a price tag to your pain and suffering. At some point, however, you’ll have to do this to press forward with the lawsuit. Attorneys know past cases and present law enough to make a good determination in this regard, or to guide you in finding your own. It may be possible to get a large settlement or jury award, which can help you to cover the costs of any damages caused by the abuse, as well as to recover an amount for your pain and suffering. Some lawyers offer free consultations where you can find out.