For parents, dropping a child off at daycare can be challenging, especially the first time. Yet childcare centers are a critical part of our economy, allowing parents to go to work with the promise that their children will be well taken care of while they’re away. While most daycares are safe places, daycare injuries happen at an alarming rate. There is nothing worse for a parent than learning that a child has been injured at a daycare. If your child has been harmed, here’s what you should know about your legal rights and options.
Common Daycare Injuries
Daycare injuries might include everything from the common (and expected) trip and fall that results in scrapes and bruises to much more serious injuries, such as drowning or near-drowning events. Common daycare accidents include:
- Falls from heights;
- Poisoning accidents;
- Injuries from falling objects;
- Playground injuries;
- Drowning and near-drowning;
- Choking; and
- SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
These accident types can result in severe injuries to a child and, in the most severe of cases, a child’s death.
Why Daycare Injuries Happen
While kids are known for their propensity for accidents, many of the more serious types of daycare injuries happen as a result of:
- Poor staff-to-child ratio and not having enough adults to supervise children;
- Negligent supervision;
- Failure to conduct a proper background check on an employee;
- Failure to properly train an employee;
- Negligent hire of an employee;
- Negligent employee supervision; and
- Gross negligence or even child abuse within a nursing home.
Your Rights if Your Child Has Been Harmed in a MA Daycare
Learning that your child has been harmed in a Massachusetts daycare center can be shocking, overwhelming, and devastating. If your child’s injuries are serious or fatal, the future may never look the same. While there is nothing that can truly ever right this wrong or undo what’s happened, filing an injury claim against the daycare can provide monetary compensation.
When you call the office of Tetzel Law, a daycare injury attorney from our office can guide you through your legal rights and how to initiate the claims process. By bringing forth a claim for negligence against the daycare, you can hold the daycare liable for the value of your child’s injuries, including medical expenses, future economic losses (for example, the value of your child’s earning capacity that has been lost as a result of permanent disability), and noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering. If a claim cannot be settled with the respective insurance company out of court through negotiations, we can represent you in bringing forth a daycare injury lawsuit.
Reach Us Today to Get Started
There is nothing more terrible as a parent than learning that your child has been harmed. When your child is injured in a daycare, filing a lawsuit can be the first step towards seeking justice. To learn more about your rights and how to get started, call our daycare injury law fir directly today for your free consultation at (617) 742-1700. You can also send us a message using the contact form on our website