Summer may be a time of fun and freedom for kids, but adults with full-time
careers may not have the same luxury. As a result, many parents choose
to send their kids to daycare centers or day camps to keep them occupied
and under a watchful eye. While many of these camps are great for kids,
they also present a possible risk of injury. As a parent, you’re
well aware that accidents happen, but how can you make sure your accident
wasn’t something more sinister, like a sign of possible abuse? On
this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the most common daycare
injuries, signs of abuse, and what legal obligations your daycare has
to you and your kids.
Any parent can tell you kids will be kids, and that means injuries and
accidents can and will happen. Daycare centers and day camps are no exception
to this rule. Cuts, scrapes, bumps, and bruises will happen, and hopefully
they’re just the sign of an accident. However, severe injuries can
also occur. Dislocations, broken bones, head or neck injuries, dental
injuries, and more can all occur for a variety of reasons. These are the
injuries that camp or care center staff are trained to try to prevent,
and when one happens, the camp could possibly be liable for failing to
pay attention. Not surprisingly, falls are the leading cause of these
injuries, but other causes could also lead to these issues as well.
Signs of Abuse
Sometimes frequent injuries might be pointing to something more serious.
For example, a child who has trouble climbing on things suffering a broken
bone from a fall may in fact be suffering from abuse while at their camp.
Some of this abuse is perpetrated by overly-aggressive kids (including
bullies) but other times the camp staff could be causing it. Camp negligence
to these injuries could also be used to hold them responsible.
What You Can Do
As a parent, your first instinct should not be to suspect your daycare
center of abuse. These cases are exceedingly rare, and reputable care
centers are constantly on the lookout for anything that might resemble
this issue. Licensed childcare facilities also have a legal obligation
to report any and all injuries that occur while a child is in their care,
as well as train their staff on how to handle these emergency situations.
However, should a serious injury occur as a result of negligence on behalf
of the camp staff, you may still be able to hold them liable for the damages
you and your child suffer as a result.
Has your child been injured at a daycare center or day camp? Call a South
Bend injury attorney now!
Reach out to the Wruble Law Group today by dialing (574) 281-0142 for a case evaluation.