As parents, you entrust the safety and well-being of your children to daycare facilities. You expect these facilities to provide a secure and nurturing environment for your children to play, learn and grow. However, accidents can occur, especially in an active environment like daycare. It’s important to note, though, that while minor accidents are typical, severe injuries are not. These injuries can often indicate negligence at the daycare.
Being aware of any potential signs of serious incidents is crucial, as it helps in timely intervention and understanding the potential for holding the daycare liable.
Fall injuries in children at daycare
Falls are a common type of accident in daycare environments and can lead to a range of head injuries. These injuries can range from minor bumps and cuts to severe conditions like traumatic brain injuries (TBI). As a concerned parent, it’s essential to be aware of the potential signs of a fall.
These signs may include:
- Unusual behavior or mood: Increased irritability, lethargy or changes in sleep patterns or appetite.
- Visible physical signs: Bumps, cuts or bruises, especially on the head. More serious signs could be uneven pupils or fluid leaking from the nose or ears.
- Complaints of physical discomfort: Headaches, dizziness or nausea.
- Difficulty with coordination or balance: Stumbling, difficulty walking or clumsiness.
- Changes in communication or social interaction: Confusion, slurred speech or difficulty recognizing people or places.
While it’s a given that children, being naturally active, may occasionally slip, trip or fall in a bustling environment like a daycare, severe injuries should not be typical. Daycare facilities have a responsibility to ensure your child’s safety. If your child shows any of these signs, it could indicate a breach of this duty. This breach could result from insufficient safety measures or attention to overall safety. In such cases, you have every right to seek justice for your child’s suffering due to their negligence.
Working toward healing
If the injury occurred due to potential negligence of the daycare, you may have grounds for a legal claim. This could help you recover damages for medical expenses and other losses related to the injury. But, pursuing a case can be complex. So, you should consider consulting an attorney. They can guide you in understanding your rights and exploring the possibility of seeking compensation for medical expenses and any future needs your child may have resulting from the injury.