Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
No parent wants to receive a phone call, informing them that their child has been injured while at daycare. After all, parents trust daycare staff to provide their child with the highest quality of care. Unfortunately, daycare injuries happen, and these phone calls are a common occurrence in Ohio.
If your child has been injured at a daycare center and you suspect negligence is to blame, reach out to our highly skilled Ohio child injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico, & Redick to determine your legal options.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW or submit the details online to schedule a free consultation.
What Causes Daycare Injuries?
While not every daycare injury is the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions because sometimes child accidents are unavoidable. However, many incidents do have a liable and identifiable party. In addition to careless or abusive daycare owners or teachers, daycare injuries may be caused by the following:
- Defective playground equipment
- A lack of supervision
- Unsanitary conditions
- Trip and fall hazards
- An inadequate teacher-child ratio
- Hazardous furniture and toys
- Delays in medical care
What Types of Daycare Injuries Occur
There are a variety of injuries that an infant or toddler may experience at a daycare center. Some of the most common causes of daycare injuries include:
Playground injuries happen quite often at daycare centers. Fortunately, many of them can be prevented by ensuring a well-maintained playground that is free of loose nails or screws, sharp edges, or hazardous objects.
Scrapes can be caused by simple horseplay, falling, or any number of other activities. Since young children are not as coordinated as adults, they often scrape themselves.
If you notice your child gets bruises on a regular basis, take a closer look at where they are located. If there is a pattern or they are in a certain shape, you should be concerned.
If your child is running or playing a game, they may fall and break their bones. A daycare teacher should call for emergency medical attention as soon as they notice a potential broken bone.
Food, chemical, or medicine poisoning may occur if your child is exposed to or given hazardous substances. The most common symptoms of poisoning in children include vomiting, difficulty breathing, burns or redness around the mouth or lips, and drowsiness.
Your child is likely curious and may reach for objects or appliances without realizing the dangers. Daycare teachers should be aware of this and keep your child away from bottle warmers and other common sources of burns.
What to Do If Your Child Sustains a Daycare Injury
If you believe your child’s daycare injury was the result of the negligence of a daycare owner, teacher, or another party, there are steps you should take to protect your rights and child’s safety. If possible, obtain an incident report from the daycare that outlines how your child was injured.
Then, take them to the doctor and obtain all of their medical records. Next, contact an experienced attorney, who can help you determine the real cause of your child’s injury and hold the appropriate party responsible for their negligence. They can help prove negligence by demonstrating that:
- The daycare owed your child a duty to act with reasonable care in their supervision.
- The daycare breached this duty through some action or inaction.
- The breach of duty resulted in your child’s injury.
By seeking legal representation, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Contact an Ohio Child Injury Lawyer
If your child has been injured at a daycare center, contact an Ohio child injury lawyer at KNR today. We can investigate your case and ensure your child’s rights are protected.
Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free, no-obligation consultation.