When you drop your child off at the daycare in the morning, you trust they will be safe. So when you get a call that your child is injured, your heart drops and your mind begins to race. If you’ve found yourself in this unfortunate situation, you might be wondering what should you do?
At Ladenburg Law, we’ve helped many families over the years seek justice on behalf of their injured children. Today we wanted to share some general information on steps you should take right after discovering your child’s injury. Also, we’ll talk about when you might consider suing your child’s daycare facility for damages.
Sometimes, there are signs that abuse or neglect may be happening at your child’s daycare. In particular, watch for:
The important takeaway is that you should monitor your child’s physical and mental wellbeing. If you notice changes, pay attention.
First, take a deep breath. (In fact, you may need to take a couple.) As emotionally-charged as the situation is, it’s important to keep a clear head so you can make good decisions. After all, your child needs you.
There are two steps we recommend you take right away:
Our memories are not as reliable as we’d like to think. Taking early action such as gathering photos, notes, and medical records will help your case.
Unfortunately, accidents happen. The good news is that most of the time, injuries are not serious and temporary. While you and your child might be shaken by what happened, a lawsuit might not be your best course of action in this case.
But, that doesn’t mean you’re without options. Here are some ideas:
Not sure how serious the injuries are? Or, maybe you just want to run what happened past an attorney with experience in this area? Don’t hesitate to call us. There’s never a fee for an initial evaluation of your case. We’re always happy to help people understand their legal options.
There are times when it’s clear your child’s injury isn’t minor or going to go away in a couple days. In the State of Washington, there were 353 serious injuries and 82 child abuse incidents at daycares in a three-year period spanning from 2016 to 2019.
What makes up a “serious” injury? Some of these include:
Injuries of these nature can come with big costs. You’re likely to have medical bills (which maybe include expensive hospital stays), missed work, plus the anguish of watching your child in pain. Some injuries leave children in need of lifelong medical care or leave them permanently disabled. The pain is intensified if your child’s injuries were due to physical or sexual abuse. Make sure to read our post, Is My Injury Serious Enough for a Lawsuit? for more details.
These types of extreme cases may warrant a personal injury lawsuit.
If your child’s injuries resulted in substantial damages, it’s time to pick up the phone and call a personal injury lawyer. In many cases, you can still file a lawsuit, even if you signed a liability waiver with the daycare facility.
Our attorneys at Ladenburg Law are here to help. You may wish to read about our process for seeking justice when a child has been injured at school. We do not charge for an initial consultation about your case. Plus, you’ll only pay us if we’re able to win you a settlement.
Don’t hesitate to call us today and let us know what happened.