As parents, we do everything in our power to keep our children safe from harm. Unfortunately, no parent can realistically protect their child from every possible unforeseen risk. This is especially true when we leave our children under the supervision of others, such as at a daycare or school. Tragically, there are situations where the very people and facilities we trust to care for our children instead put them in harm’s way.
When someone’s negligence or recklessness leads to your child’s injury, you should demand answers and justice. At Adamson & Cleveland, LLC, our Norcross child injury lawyers can investigate what happened and fight to hold the at-fault party accountable. We will help you assess your losses and pursue the full financial compensation you need to provide the best possible care for your child.
If you have questions about your family’s rights and legal options after an accident involving your child, contact a Norcross child injury lawyer now. The consultation is free, and we do not charge any fees unless we win your case.
What Common Injuries Do Children Suffer at Daycare?
- 1 What Common Injuries Do Children Suffer at Daycare?
- 2 What Are the Most Common Causes of Child Injuries?
- 3 What Should I Do If My Child Has Been Injured at Daycare?
- 4 Who Can Be Held Liable for My Child’s Injury?
- 5 What Evidence Do I Need for My Child’s Injury Case?
- 6 What Compensation Can My Family Recover?
- 7 Talk to a Norcross Child Injury Lawyer Now
Some of the most common injuries that children suffer at daycare include:
- Burns, most frequently due to unattended hot liquids left within a child’s reach or hot sidewalks or playground equipment that get overheated in the sun
- Crush injuries from falling objects, when children grab or climb onto unsecured heavy objects or furniture
- Broken bones
- Concussions and head injuries, including eye trauma leading to vision loss
- Spinal injuries and paralysis
- Suffocation and oxygen-deprivation injuries
Many injuries suffered by children can easily lead to life-altering disabilities or even end up being fatal.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Child Injuries?
Common causes of child injuries in Norcross include:
- Unsecured furniture or heavy objects that fall onto children
- Easily swallowed objects left within a child’s reach
- Stoves or other cooking appliances left on
- Uncovered pools or unlocked pool gates
- Accidents caused by negligent or reckless drivers
- Defectively designed consumer products that lack child safety features
- Dangerous or defective children’s products and toys
- Unattended or loose pets
Ultimately, one of the primary causes of most child injuries is a lack of reasonable adult supervision, especially when a child goes to daycare, camp, or school.
What Should I Do If My Child Has Been Injured at Daycare?
If your child has been injured at daycare, you can take the following steps to help protect your family’s rights to pursue compensation from those responsible:
- Try to document the accident scene of your child’s injury. Take photos of whatever caused your child’s injury, other important details (such as the lack of working child safety equipment), and any visible injuries suffered by your child.
- Ensure that the daycare’s management has been notified of your child’s injury, as daycare workers may not have witnessed your child’s injury or may not report the injury to management. If the daycare prepares an accident or incident report, request a copy.
- Confirm whether the daycare is insured and obtain policy information.
- Take your child in for an examination at the emergency room or by the pediatrician so that the full extent of his or her injuries can be diagnosed.
- Speak to an experienced child injury attorney as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights.
Who Can Be Held Liable for My Child’s Injury?
Depending on the circumstances of your child’s injuries, there may be many different parties who have or share responsibility for the damages your child has suffered. This includes:
- Daycare workers and facilities
- Other supervising adults
- Bus drivers or other motorists if your child was hurt in a crash
- Property owners if your child was hurt on dangerous property
- Owners of pets that bite or attack your child
- Manufacturers and retailers of defective or dangerous products that cause your child’s injury
What Evidence Do I Need for My Child’s Injury Case?
In order to successfully pursue a child injury case, you will need evidence that establishes how your child’s injury occurred and who was responsible. The evidence needed for your case will likely depend on the circumstances of your child’s injury. However, types of evidence that are commonly needed include:
- An accident or incident report written by the business or establishment where your child’s injuries occurred
- Accident scene photos
- Eyewitness statements
- Medical records from the treatment of your child’s injuries
In many cases, it may prove necessary to secure testimony from an expert witness, such as a childcare expert, who can offer a qualified opinion as to how the other party or parties may have caused your child’s injuries. Your attorney can help you gather all the necessary evidence to craft a strong claim on your behalf.
What Compensation Can My Family Recover?
When your child has been harmed due to someone’s negligence or recklessness, your family may be entitled to recover compensation on behalf of your injured child for damages such as:
- Past, future, and ongoing costs of medical treatment, including hospital stays, doctors’ visits, surgeries and other medical procedures, physical/occupational/speech therapy, medication, and mobility or medical equipment
- Long-term care costs if your child’s injuries cause disabilities, including for home health care or special education resources
- Pain and suffering endured by your child
- Lost enjoyment or quality of life, such as due to disabilities, physical disfigurement, or reduced life expectancy
Parents might also be entitled to recover compensation for the loss of their child’s love and companionship due to the injuries.
Finally, if the party or parties that caused your child’s injuries committed a particularly egregious act of negligence, recklessness, or willfulness, your family may also be entitled to an award of punitive damages. These damages are intended to punish the defendant for the misconduct and serve as a deterrent to others committing similar misconduct in the future.
Talk to a Norcross Child Injury Lawyer Now
If your child has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligent or reckless acts, schedule a free consultation today with a Norcross child injury lawyer from Adamson & Cleveland, LLC. We can explain your legal rights, answer all your questions, and help you demand the fair compensation your family deserves.