For working Massachusetts parents, day care is often a necessity. However, there can be benefits for the whole family when children spend time away from home. A good daycare facility provides socialization with adults and other children, entertainment, and an opportunity to learn and play in a safe environment. But what about ‘bad’ daycare facilities? Negligence, cruelty, and even criminal behavior, are a parent’s worst nightmare when they place their child in the care of another.
Children can get hurt in the best of daycare facilities. It’s a fact of life. But some injuries are avoidable with proper supervision. Serious injuries are always cause for concern, but even minor accidents can indicate negligence. Likewise, even a minor lapse in proper care can result in serious injuries and death. In 2011, for example, a three-year old was fatally injured when he swallowed a pushpin. Apparently, the child found the pushpin when he was permitted to use the bathroom unsupervised. Paramedics were unable to revive the boy after he swallowed the object and choked. Although the boy died, the facility was only fined $150 by the state. In a case like this, a civil lawsuit can make a significant difference. Although compensation can never bring a child back, it can give the family extra time to heal.
Common Signs of Daycare Abuse and Neglect
Lack of supervision is the number one cause of daycare injuries, and inadequate staffing is often a factor. However, many other factors can come into play. Below is a list of possible indicators of daycare neglect and abuse. Although some of these potential signs can be entirely benign on their own, you may want to take action if you begin to notice a pattern.
- Unexplained scratches or scars
- Child appears depressed or withdrawn
- Child is often extremely hungry or thirsty at pick-up time
- Child is frequently involved in altercations with other kids
- Child is found outside of the facility
When choosing a daycare facility, look for the following:
- Adequate staffing
- Clean environment
- Proper safety standards and protocol
- Well-stocked and easily accessible first aid tools and supplies
- Proper feeding schedule with nutritious food and adequate portions
- Easy access to water
- Proper and clean bathroom facilities
- Children who look happy
- Caregivers who appear happy, well-rested, relaxed, and who seem to like their job
Altman & Altman, LLP – Boston’s Premier Daycare Negligence Law Firm
If your child has been harmed by the negligence of a care provider, it is in your best interest to consult with a personal injury attorney immediately. Daycare negligence can result in medical bills, time off work, and emotional distress for the entire family. An experienced injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you need to get your life back on track after such a traumatic experience. At Altman & Altman, LLP, our lawyers are as knowledgeable as they are compassionate. We will analyze the details of your case and make sure you understand your rights and options before moving forward. Don’t go through this alone. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.