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Georgia Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers - The Dow Firm, P.C.

Child Care Injury • Day Care Negligence

The Dow Firm, P.C. - lawyers handling child care injuries & day care claims

As a parent, your top priority is ensuring the ongoing health, safety and happiness of your child. As nice as it would be to be with them around the clock, work and other responsibilities often mean entrusting their care to relative strangers. Laws and regulations regarding day care facilities in the state of Georgia are enforced by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, which is otherwise known as DECAL. Most facilities and care providers adhere to these regulations. Unfortunately, there are exceptions. If your child has been injured while at a child care center, the responsible parties need to be held accountable not just for their sake but for the sake of all little ones. Skilled child care injury lawyers can help.

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Types of Injuries Caused by Day Care Negligence

The vast majority of kids who attend early childhood centers and other daycare facilities are properly supervised and cared for and even receive top-notch health care. However, some are injured despite receiving supposed around-the-clock care. Typical injuries incurred by kids at a daycare center and at the hands of child care providers include:

Head injury
Traumatic Brain injury
Burn injury
Intracranial hypertension
Skull fracture
Spinal cord injury
Sports injuries
Broken bones

Typical Causes

Even though a child care center is charged with keeping little ones safe and healthy, some fail to adhere to mandatory regulations. This negligence often results in child care injury problems. A few typical causes of child care injury include:

Failure to properly maintain play equipment
Allowing children to harm each other
Failure to properly secure the premises
Inadequate supervision
Negligent hiring
Failure to properly train employees
Failure to follow mandated child care laws
Cruel or excessive punishment
Inflicting physical abuse with hands or objects
Depriving children of food or drink
Name-calling and yelling
Exposure to pornography or other inappropriate materials
Failure to change diapers in a timely manner

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Warning Signs of Child Abuse or Injury at a Child Care Facility

Young children are often unable to adequately express themselves, which often means they are unable to tell their parents about the abuse they are suffering from at the hands of child care or foster care providers. A few common signs of day care center problems include:

Unusual silence when driving to the facility
Strange or erratic behavior when being picked up
Extreme mood swings
Changes in potty training related behavior
Recurring, unexplained pain or bruising
Extreme infantile or adult behavior

Regulations and Laws Affecting Day Care Providers in Georgia

DECAL and other state and federal agencies monitor and enforce various laws and regulations regarding day care centers. Most notably, they enforce the Bright From the Start regulations, which enforce welfare, health and safety regulations governing such facilities. A violation of such regulations may form the basis of a negligence “per se” claim. In conjunction with a non-profit organization and other agencies, skilled injury attorneys can investigate the circumstances to determine if this is the case.

Filing an Injury Claim or Lawsuit

O.C.G.A. 9-3-90 dictates that if a child is a minor at the time of an injury accident, they have less than four years from the time of the injury to file a claim. As a parent, you can bring a lawsuit on behalf of your child as their “next friend,” or guardian ad litem. Such a suit would consider the best interests of the child and could compensate the child for a personal injury like a skull fracture or spinal cord trauma, the resulting pain and suffering and even long-term effects like post-traumatic stress.

Parents of children who have been injured at daycare centers incur their own losses and can bring injury cases of their own. The right child injury lawyer can typically accommodate both parties–the child and their parents–to make things easier.

The Dow Firm, P.C. Can Help

Nothing is as upsetting as having a child injured by the very people who you have entrusted with their care. As a parent, it makes you feel helpless and powerless. However, the law is on you and your child’s side, but you have to be proactive. Child endangerment at such facilities often leads to injuries and even death, so it is essential to hold the negligent parties accountable. Our injury lawyers can help. Your child’s life will likely be affected by this for a long time. Children’s hospital bills mount quickly, especially when dealing with children with TBI and other injuries that require major procedures, including decompressive craniectomy. You and your child not only deserve to be compensated for those expenses, but also for the resulting pain and suffering. Further, your efforts may expose serious problems at the facility, including a lack of background checks, improper injury prevention methods, poorly maintained playground equipment and more. By bringing these problems to light, your lawsuit could save other children and families the same anguish. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact The Dow Firm, P.C. today.

The Dow Firm, P.C. is proud to offer services and represent clients with children that have been negligently cared for by such businesses in Glynn County (Brunswick, Country Club Estate, Dock Junction, Everitt, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, Sterling, St. Simons Island and Thalman), Brantley County (Atkinson, Hickox, Hoboken, Hortense, Lulaton, Nahunta, Trudie and Waynesville), Camden County (Colesburg, Dover Bluff, Harrietts Bluff, Kings Bay Base, Kingsland, St. Marys, Tarboro, Waverly, White Oak and Woodbine), Wayne County (Jesup, Odum and Screven), McIntosh County (Cox, Crescent, Darien, Eulonia, Pine Harbour, Ridgeville, Shellman Bluff, South Newport, Townsend and Valona), Pierce County (Blackshear, Bristol, Mershon, Offerman and Patterson), Chatham County (Bloomingdale, Garden City, Georgetown, Isle of Hope-Dutch Island, Montgomery, Port Wentworth, Pooler, Savannah, Skidaway Island, Thunderbolt, Tybee Island, Whitmarsh Island, Wilmington Island and Vernonburg) and counties throughout the state of Georgia.

The Dow Firm, P.C. is located in Brunswick, GA, however, our firm is able to manage minor injury cases and all types of personal injury cases anywhere in Georgia.

Call us today at (912) 264-1919.

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