Daycare & Preschool Negligence

Daycare and preschool negligence is every parent's worst nightmare. Many parents in Texas rely on child care facilities to watch over their children while they are at work trusting that their child is under the proper care and supervision. A daycare and preschool's most important job is to keep the children safe, however, every now and then accidents happen. Many accidents that occur could have been prevented. Taking care of a child is not an easy task, but daycare centers are responsible for meeting the simple needs of a child and providing them with a safe and comforting environment.

In the average year, more than 30,000 kids in the United States have to receive emergency room treatment due to injuries that occur in a daycare setting or while they are in the care of a non-relative. After putting your trust in a daycare provider, it is devastating to learn that your child has been harmed in any way. You don't have to face these circumstances alone.

Signs of abuse and emotional negligence include:

  • Cuts, abrasions, bruises and lacerations
  • Burn marks or scalding
  • Complaints of pain
  • Withdrawal
  • Swelling
  • Fear when faced with adult contact of any kind
  • Vacant or frozen stare
  • Apprehension when other children cry

It can be overwhelming choosing an appropriate daycare center and leaving your child in the hands of someone else. Before finalizing your decision, make sure you find out that the daycare is licensed and the employees have passed criminal background checks. You have additional rights as a parent:

  • You can enter a child care facility at any time while your child is there.
  • You can see the daycare license displayed in a prominent place.
  • You can find out exactly how your child will be disciplined. Be sure you are comfortable with any punishment methods. Also, maintain daily communication with your child about the day's events and make sure it matches what the daycare facility tells you.
  • You can make sure that meals and snacks are nutritious with portions that are large enough to satisfy their hunger throughout the day.
  • You can expect outdoor playtime when weather permits at least one hour a day for preschool children and for at least 30 minutes a day for children under 2.
  • You can make sure there is ample space and time provided for rest.

If your child has been injured due to the negligence of a daycare, preschool facility or a non-relative child care provider, The Bratton Firm is here to assist you with the legal ramifications so you can focus on your child's recovery. We want you to get the justice you deserve.