Common Daycare Injuries, Choosing the Right Daycare
Trusting another individual, especially a stranger, to care for your child can be stressful. For many families with two working parents, however, daycare is often the only option. Stories of daycare abuse are, thankfully, rare; most facilities care for children appropriately. However, even one case of child abuse is unacceptable.
The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP have years of experience representing clients in abuse and neglect lawsuits. The firm continues to offer free legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit.
Daycare injuries can occur from neglect, especially if a facility is understaffed or children are not properly supervised. Culture of Safety discusses common daycare dangers, which includes playground injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 200,000 children below the age of 14 are treated for playground injuries every year. A study in 2001 found that nearly half of playground injuries include severe fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations.
Children can also be injured by loose and falling objects. Daycares with tall, unsecured furniture may pose greater risks to children, who have a natural tendency to climb bookshelves and other large furniture.
Additionally, children can also suffer burns related to bottle warming. Culture of Safety notes that children have been burned when a slow cooker is used to heat multiple bottles. These injuries occur when the child pulls on the cord, causing scalding hot water to splash on their sensitive skin.
When choosing the right daycare to care for your child, be sure to thoroughly visit the facility beforehand. Seeing the environment, meeting the staff and viewing the daycare during busy hours can give you a sense of how the facility operates. Additionally, this provides you an opportunity to see whether the proper safety precautions are taken to protect children. For example, are bookcases secured to the walls? Are chemicals and other hazardous objects out of reach? Is there is enough staff to properly supervise the number of children?
Daycare Abuse Lawsuits
Recently, there have been allegations of child abuse against a daycare in Riverdale, Utah. Standard-Examiner reports that one mother is voicing concerns against Bravo Arts Academy daycare, where police say her 5-year-old son was choked. She shared her story in hopes that it will motivate other parents to speak out about similar complaints. “This lit a fire inside of me to speak my truth … so that other victims will speak up,” the woman said to Standard-Examiner.
According to police reports, the boy was allegedly choked and then slammed to the ground by a 20-year-old daycare worker. The employee is facing a misdemeanor child abuse charge, to which he pleaded not guilty. The daycare owner says no abuse occurred and strongly denies the allegations. She added that the boy has a history of behavioral issues.
Since 2012, the Utah Bureau of Child Development has handled over 2,000 reports of caregiver-related incidents that require investigation. The greatest number of cases was reported in 2016, with 486 incidents.
In Cape Coral, Florida, a 67-year-old worker was recently fired for alleged child abuse and cruelty. Fox 4 reports that the worker grabbed a young girl by the hair and a young boy by the throat while they were playing outside. Another staff member, who had only been at the day care for 2 days, witnessed the incident and confronted her about it. The employee allegedly replied, “It’s so hard to work with kids.”
The center’s director learned of the alleged incident in January, and has subsequently fired the employee. The woman has been arrested and both families wish to press charges. Lee Health released a statement addressing the situation, stating:
“The safety and protection of each child enrolled in our day care program is our number one priority. Unfortunately, a situation recently arose in which an employee exhibited inappropriate behavior. When the situation was brought to our attention, we immediately launched an internal investigation and the staff member’s employment was terminated. Our policy is to care for the children in our daycares in a loving and compassionate manner. Every staff member is trained on techniques to focus on the positive aspects of a child’s actions. Our standards for employee behavior are high and we will not tolerate conduct that violates the trust of those in our care.”
Filing a Daycare Abuse and Neglect Lawsuit
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