Enrolling your child in daycare is a momentous occasion for any parent. This is often a big first step for the young child to socialize with other children and non-relative adults on a daily or weekly basis. Daycare abuse shatters that time of happiness, and exposes the day care facility to liability for money damages.
Day Care Abuse Violates Trust
As parents, we entrust basic care for our young children in many good people who operate early learning centers. Moreover, we place our faith in Florida, because day care providers are overseen by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Finally, we trust Florida Department of Education to ensure day care operators providing preschool education keep children in good hands.
That trust is often well-placed. Undoubtedly, the majority of day care providers are licensed care givers who do their best to protect children from harm. However, in any group, there are some bad apples, and some day care centers do not honor their commitment to protect our children in a safe environment. This often results in daycare abuse.
Daycare Abuse and Neglect Harm Child and Parents
Some daycare facilities, for example, view their operation as a money-making venture needed by working moms and dads. These daycare operators cut corners, fail to screen employees and staff, and sometimes intentionally harm children in their care.
Daycare abuse and neglect examples include:
- Failing to screen employees and staff
- e.g. Many day care providers do not background screen their employees or staff.
- Failing to employ qualified staff
- e.g. Some daycare employees have no qualifications to watch children.
- Every daycare staff should be trained in Basic Life Support and CPR, although many are not.
- Every daycare provider should know physical abuse signs and symptoms, although however many are not.
- Failing to supervise children
- Every daycare facility should have safeguards so children cannot escape the facility.
- Overseeing children in classrooms and playground prevent injuries.
Daycare Abuse and Neglect Occurs When Children are Unsafe
Additionally, some children have allergies to certain foods or substances, and the day care provider must observe these special needs. A daycare operator should only accept children whom the operator knows are safe from a child’s known allergens.
Moreover, when a daycare provider opens its doors to children, then the day care operator is agreeing to maintain a safe premises. Only use age-appropriate toys and engage in safe activities.
Removing dangerous products from child access is important. Moreover, removing identifiable hazards from the premises, or safeguarding them in a locked closet or container, are important measures.
These are just some instances indicating daycare abuse or neglect. There are other duties the daycare center owe to children and parents, such as removing broken toys, equipment, and choking hazards. Similarly, removing aggressive children posing threats to other children is another safety measure.
Daycare Abuse Leads to Liability for Serious Injuries
When a child is suffers serious injuries at day care, then there may be an investigation by DCF. Also, if daycare abuse or neglect is criminal, then law enforcement. Florida DCF and local law enforcement agency may deal with legal violations from a criminal standpoint, but typically cannot provide any compensation to the victims.
If your child sustains major from daycare abuse or neglect, then contact Fort Myers child injury lawyer David Harris to investigate your potential claim for money damages. Only serious and catastrophic daycare abuse or neglect claims are considered for representation.
If a valid daycare abuse or neglect claim exists and the injuries or harm are severe, then allow David to pursue full compensation for the harm suffered by your child. Your initial consultation is free, confidential, and without obligation, so you have nothing to lose by exploring your legal options.