Trusting a daycare provider with your children is something that every parent struggles doing. As parents we are programmed to watch over our kids, take care of them, and guard them from being hurt in any way. Unfortunately, daycare accidents may result in individuals making a trip to the emergency room.
As most children do not recognize the consequences of many of their actions, or realize that they could become injured by being so carefree, daycare professionals must be prepared for an event to occur at all times and take necessary precautions to keep every child safe.
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, our personal injury attorneys believe that if your child has been injured at a daycare center due to the negligent actions or carelessness of a daycare provider, you may be entitled to compensation benefits for any injury that has been caused. Some compensation benefits may include; medical expenses, pain and suffering, and in severe cases, funeral expenses.
To learn more, simply complete the “Free Case Evaluation” form to the left of this page. It’s free.
Daycare Accident Causes
A daycare accident may occur at any instance throughout the day. More so, the United States Census Bureau stated that there are nearly 21 million children under the age of five years old throughout the country. Of these children, millions of their parents trust their daycare providers each day to properly supervise their children. Unfortunately, sometimes accidents may be inevitable.
Some common daycare accident causes include
- Drawers or cupboards not securely closed
- Drawstrings on children’s clothing
- Electrical outlets not covered
- Inadequately guarded elevated surfaces
- Ingestion of poison
- Lack of child safety gates
- Lack of proper surfacing around climbable equipment
- Lead based paints
- Loose or rusty parts
- Paint chipping
- Poorly maintained child area
- Recalled toys and products
- Sharp points on corners
- Tripping hazards
- Unsafe playground surfaces
- Un-sanitized soft bedding
- Window blind cords not secured properly
These accidents are only a few that can occur at a daycare center, thus it is important for parents to choose a daycare center that they are comfortable with and seems to have proper supervision. Of course, even with proper supervision, injuries may still occur.
A staff study published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission which surveyed 220 licensed daycare settings nationwide in 1998 demonstrated that from 1990 to 1997 around 56 children died in daycare settings, while 28 of these children died of asphyxia. Furthermore, in 1997 31,000 children were admitted to the emergency room following an injury in a daycare center or a school setting.
Some common daycare injuries include:
- Allergic Reactions
- Broken Arm
- Broken Collarbone
- Broken Leg
- Broken Wrists
- Choking Injuries
- Dental Injuries
- Eye Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Poison Related Injuries
If your child has been injured while at daycare, it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention to assure these injuries have been properly cared for. Furthermore, these medical documents can be used by our attorneys to assist you in achieving compensation for all injuries caused by the negligent actions of a daycare center.
How to Report a Daycare Problem in North Carolina
The Division of Child Development of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for investigating licensed family child care centers or homes whenever there is a complaint. If a child care provider has been found in violation of the law or child care rules they may be fined as much as $1,000 and lose or have their licenses become suspended. The Division of Child Development can be reached at 919-662-4499 or 1-800-859-0829.
In addition to contacting the Division of Child Development, it is advised to speak with one of our experienced daycare accident attorneys following an injury to your child. Our attorneys will assure you receive the maximum compensation benefits you deserve following your child’s injury. Our law firm also operates on a contingency fee basis, so we will not get paid until a successful verdict or settlement has been made and you recover for your child’s injuries.
Contact Our Winston-Salem Personal Injury Attorneys Today
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we understand how difficult it is having a child that has become injured. As parents we do everything we can to keep our children safe from harm. For this reason, our attorneys would like to support you in your time of need and will work tirelessly to help you seek justice against these negligent injury causing individuals.
With our main office located in Winston-Salem, our lawyers are able to serve clients in need of legal advice throughout the entire state of North Carolina. Some of the locations our lawyers serve include:
- Rural Hall
- High Point
If your child has been injured and you are looking to seek legal advice or have any questions, we welcome you to contact our law firm at 866-299-1769 today. At this point a friendly member of our staff will collect the information about your case and quickly refer you to one of our helpful attorneys ready to get started with you right away.
Instead of contacting our firm, allow us to contact you by simply completing the “Free Case Evaluation” form to the left of this page. It is completely free and all of your information will remain confidential.