Child & Daycare Negligence
When you leave for work or any event, you trust a caregiver or daycare to provide reasonable supervision and care to your little one. Unfortunately these individuals or facilities may lack the skills or ability to properly attend to each child, resulting in a breach of care.
The Atlanta trial lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C., have a great deal of experience in trying cases of child neglect and endangerment, and want to help. Read on for more information about the types of negligence and injuries common at daycare or childcare facilities, and how you can seek just compensation.
Types of Child and Daycare Negligence and Injuries
Children can become endangered at any moment. While accidents can happen regularly with children, at no fault of the daycare, some of these injuries are preventable. A licensed professional at any childcare facility should do his or her best to protect children from harm.
There are various ways a child’s caregiver or daycare facility can be negligent. Through these negligent actions, injury, harm, or death may occur.
Common negligent acts include:
- Failure to properly supervise a child
- Failure to provide a safe environment
- Exposing a child to toxic substances or medications
- Failure to screen employees and check backgrounds
- Hiring dangerous or unqualified workers
- Failure to properly train employees
- Serving contaminated or spoiled food
- Ignoring dietary needs
- Ignoring medical needs
- Inadequate access to water
- Failure to follow state rules and regulations
- Inadequate caregiver to child ratio
Far too often, these negligent acts cause injury and even death. Common types of injuries and harm due to negligent actions include:
- Visible bruises or bites
- Child abuse/child sex abuse
- Auto accidents
- Slips and falls
- Choking on toys
- Allergic reactions
- Food poisoning
- Lost children
It is important to gather as much evidence as possible if you believe you are a victim of daycare negligence. Try to gather photos, videos, witness testimony, and organize all medical/ other official records. Pope & Howard, P.C., can help children and their families with all legal proceedings and necessary court documents.
Determining Liability in Child & Daycare Negligence
When pursuing a claim against another person or company, the plaintiff must bear the burden of proof. In child and daycare negligence, this means proving that harm to the child was a direct result of the caregiver’s negligence. Injury and damage may include things like medical bills, emotional trauma, or ongoing treatment.
The following steps must be affirmed to determine liability:
- The caregiver or provider had a duty to exercise reasonable care under the state’s Premises Liability Act
- The caregiver or provider breached that duty
- The child’s injury or damages would not have occurred unless the caregiver breached this duty
- Because there was a breach of duty, the child was injured or harmed
Find Child & Daycare Negligence Lawsuit Lawyers in Atlanta
Taking legal action can recover damages but also prevents other children from being harmed in the future. Obtain legal aid from the experienced child & daycare injury lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C. in Atlanta.
Pope & Howard, P.C., will help your family receive just compensation for all injuries and damages that result from childcare negligence. Fill out our online form or call (404) 885-9999 to schedule a consultation.
With years of experience as trial lawyers, Marc Howard and Geoff Pope represent clients' interests who have been injured or treated wrongly due to the negligence of others. If you have suffered from any of the above wrongs, contact the experts at Pope & Howard P.C. to set up a free consultation. Contact us via our contact form or by phone: 404-885-9999.