When you drop your child off at daycare, you expect your child to be taken care of and returned to you safe & sound. 99% of the time, this happens; you pick your child up the same way you dropped them off because the great majority of daycare facilities are great places. However, there are some facilities that do not do their jobs and there is that one time where you receive a call that your child has been hurt or injured. It can be difficult to navigate if your child is too young to tell you what exactly happened and if it was an accident or on purpose. If you’re asking yourself “what do I do if my child was hurt at daycare?”, continue reading for your answer.
Several examples of injury claims in daycare facilities are:
- Physical abuse caused by employees at the daycare
- Children left unattended
- Injuries from defective equipment
- Injuries from falls
- Improper discipline
If your child has been injured at daycare, these are a few steps to follow:
1. Document Your Child’s Injury
Take pictures and videos of your child’s injury to use as evidence. If your child is young, they may not be able to tell you what happened so having photo evidence is important.
2. Get Your Child Medical Attention
Have your child receive medical treatment for their injuries. Be sure to keep all medical bills, related receipts, and any other costs that were incurred due to your child’s injury. These can be used to seek monetary compensation.
3. File a Report with Bright From The Start
In the state of Georgia, there is an agency called Bright From the Start, a part of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Bright From the Start is tasked with meeting the child care and early education needs of children and their families in Georgia. This agency also monitors Georgia daycare facilities to ensure all children are being taken care of properly.
If a child has been injured at a daycare facility, it needs to be reported to Bright From The Start. The agency will be able to conduct an investigation to understand the situation and find out what happened. Once the investigation has been completed, they conclude their findings in a report and decide if the daycare should receive a fine, citation, or are innocent in the situation. If the daycare is issued a citation or fine for wrongdoing, it can serve as grounds to file a claim to the daycare’s insurance company seeking damages for the injury your child has sustained.
4. Contact a Daycare Injury Lawyer
If your child has been injured at daycare and you believe the daycare facility could be at fault, contact us at J. Stein Law Firm. With our free consultation service, you can speak with an attorney regarding your potential case. Our experienced lawyers will be able to assist you and your family in healing from this traumatic incident by seeking compensation and justice from at-fault parties. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.