When you take your child to daycare each morning, you will want to feel safe in the knowledge that they are getting the best possible care and attention. Your child's safety and well-being are of paramount importance, and the daycare center has the responsibility to keep them safe at all times.
If your child was injured at daycare, it is likely that you felt distraught at the fact that you were not there to protect your child from harm. In the aftermath of the incident, you may also feel anger and rage toward the daycare center. You may question how such an accident was allowed to happen, and whether it is safe to allow your child to return.
If you are concerned about the safety of other children after your child was injured at daycare, you may want to consider taking legal action to ensure that such an incident does not occur again. In doing so, you may be able to gain damages for the pain and suffering that the incident caused your family. The following are some considerations you should make as an initial response to the incident.
Did the daycare center fail in their duty to keep my child safe?
The daycare center has a responsibility to do what is reasonably possible to keep your child safe. While they may not be able to protect your child from situations that are beyond their control, they do have the responsibility to act competently and appropriately at all times.
For example, if your child starts to choke on food, it is unlikely that they would have been able to prevent this. However, they must act in the correct way by immediately involving trained staff who can perform the appropriate medical procedures.
What damages did your family suffer?
As well as the financial costs of medical care, it is likely that your family suffered in profound ways as a result of your child's injuries. It's important that you reflect on the emotional stress that you endured, as well as factoring in additional financial damages due to lost wages.
If your child was injured at daycare, it is important to explore your legal options so that you can get justice.