What to do Following an Incident of Daycare Negligence or Abuse

When a parent drops his or her child off at daycare, the expectation is that the daycare will responsibly and safely tend to his or her child’s needs throughout the day. Children, especially at a very young age cannot be ignored, let alone purposefully harmed in some way. These early years help shape a child for the rest of his or her life, so it is extremely important that he or she has an overall pleasant and beneficial daycare experience.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, children are harmed at daycare, which is why parents very often seek financial compensation to help cope with medical bills, emotional trauma, and more. If your child was injured in a daycare facility, please read on to learn more:

How can a daycare behave negligently?

When you come to pick your child up from daycare, you expect to see him or her in roughly the same condition as when you left. Sadly, operating and working at daycare is not easy. Children and their surrounding environment require constant attention. Here are some scenarios and signs of daycare maltreatment:

  • Your child started losing weight after being enrolled in daycare or regularly complains that he or she is hungry or thirsty at the end of the day
  • Your child regularly returns home with scratches, bruises or other marks that could potentially indicate physical abuse
  • There is broken glass or other hazardous garbage scattered about
  • Mold, disturbed asbestos, or other potentially toxic materials are present
  • A daycare staff member ignoring a child’s complaints or obvious signs of sickness or pain
  • Neglecting to ask about a child’s food allergies
  • Sometimes, daycares take in too many children for either the size of the daycare or the number of adult supervisors present
  • Daycares sometimes fail to screen potential employees to ensure they are safe and capable of taking care of children

If you suspect your child is being abused by a daycare facility, you must call the police as soon as possible. Your child’s life may be at risk.

How do I file a lawsuit against a negligent daycare facility?

To win a lawsuit against a daycare, you will have to prove that your child was enrolled in their program, that a negligent employee or employer breached the standard of care, and that your child was directly harmed or injured as a result, causing significant medical bills, emotional trauma, or other damages. An experienced attorney will help you do so, with the ultimate goal of seeking justice for your child.

Contact our experienced Maryland firm

The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.

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