It is not uncommon for children in daycare settings to suffer harm or injuries as a result of the center’s neglect. When a child suffers injuries in a daycare setting, the employees, the manager, as well as the entirety of the facility can be held liable for those damages. It is the responsibility of the providers and the center to use a reasonable level of care with the children placed under their supervision, and this care includes proper treatment and maintenance of the facility.
Abuse or Neglect in a Child Daycare
Many parents rely heavily on the services daycare facilities offer. Over 71% of women and mothers have entered the workforce as of 2007. From 1975 to 2013 the daycare industry exploded with a 250% increase in daycare workers employed. As the explosion in the need for daycare has increased, so has the risks associated with abuse. The most common types of abuse that are reported include:
- Violent abuse
- Emotional abuse
The smaller the child, the more risks they face for abuse. These children cannot express themselves and they cannot communicate effectively, they also cannot defend themselves. It is up to parents to be involved in their daycares and aware of the warning signs that inform them there could be problems. Some of these signs are:
- Physical injuries present such as cuts, scratches, bruises, bumps, and red marks.
- Behavioral changes like shyness or withdrawal, anxiety, anger, biting, scratching, hitting, and depression.
- Regression of behaviors that are associated with a younger age such as thumb sucking, bed-wetting, and crying bouts.
- Sexual aggression towards other children.
- Physical neglect symptoms such as diaper rashes, soiled diapers, and soiled clothing.
Children in Need
In the state of Indiana, a child is considered to be neglected when there has been a failure on the part of the caregiver(s) to provide food, clothing, housing, medical care, and appropriate supervision. Child endangerment occurs when there are serious injuries that can be either or both physical and emotional or the possibility of serious injury.
It is the responsibility to report known cases where a child has been neglected or abused to Child Protective Services (CPS) in the county where the youngster resides. When CPS is involved, they will take the appropriate actions to investigate the claims. Should neglect, abuse, or endangerment be present, this agency will actively protect the child which can include removing the child from a dangerous environment.
Family Lawyers In Indiana
If you believe there was negligence or intentional harm that occurred at your child’s daycare which lead to his or her injuries, you may have a valid claim to pursue. You expect a certain level of care and responsibility on the part of the daycare provider and facility when you drop your child off each day, and your child deserves to receive it.
Christopher L. Arrington, P.C. is an experienced Indiana family lawyer who can examine your claim and provide you with legal guidance and feedback. When the safety of your child is on the line, you need effective representation, and an Indiana personal injury lawyer can help. Do not wait to contact my Danville family law office at 317-745-4494 to discuss your situation today.