Parents trust in preschools and daycare centers to take care of the youngest and most vulnerable members of our school system. Daycare centers are usually the first experience a child has away from home. These facilities have a duty to ensure your child's safety.
If you suspect your child has been neglected or abused at a daycare facility in or around Orange County, a daycare injury attorney can review your case and go over legal options. Of course, your first step should be to ensure the safety of your child.
What constitutes negligence of a California daycare provider?
Daycare is often the first time a child is away from their parents for an extended period of time. When you drop your child off at daycare, you should be able to trust that they’re safe while under the care of others. Unfortunately, daycare facilities are often overcrowded and understaffed, so in some cases children may not receive the proper care and supervision they require.
Inadequate supervision on the playground or in the facility may lead to children getting in dangerous, harmful situations When they do, injuries can follow.
Unsafe or Dangerous Conditions
Poorly maintained playground equipment, broken toys, or other hazards at the facility may lead to serious injuries.
Improper Hiring or Training Practices
All daycare staff should be screened prior to being hired. Failure to do so may put children in the care of a dangerous individual.
If a daycare provider fails to act reasonably and responsibly in regard to a child’s care, the facility or provider may be found negligent if your child is seriously injured or harmed.
Signs of Negligence or Abuse
There are usually warning signs when a child is being abused at school. Be aware of any of the following behaviors that may signify that your child is being neglected or abused by a daycare or preschool teacher.
- fear of going to daycare (a fear that is stronger than the typical and age appropriate anxiety that many children have about going to school)
-unexplained bruises, cuts or scratches (schools and daycares must report injuries to parents as soon as possible)
-emotional withdrawal or extreme behavioral changes
- unusual symptoms around the genitals and/or urinary tract infections
- unusual or new bed wetting when child was previously potty-trained through the night
-inappropriate sexual knowledge or curiosity
If you notice any of these warning signs, report it to California Child Protective Services, ensure your child’s immediate safety, and contact a legal professional.
If you believe your child has suffered serious harm due to the negligence of a daycare provider or preschool in Orange County call us today.
Filing a Claim
Did your child suffer abuse or neglect at a daycare facility? Call us today and we can help you navigate the complex legal process of filing a lawsuit against a daycare or preschool.
Call (949) 861-2990 and we will help you today. While based in Orange County, our legal practice extends to Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and beyond.