Daycare Injury Lawyer
Compassionate Representation for Families and Victims
Daycare injuries suffered by children are commonly the result of negligence, although some cases may involve intentional abuse or harassment. Regardless of the specific cause, all daycare operators have a legal obligation to hire competent staff and to screen potential employees for any instances of prior misconduct, abuse, or criminal activity. Additionally, facility operators and employees are required to operate safely and securely, maintain equipment and security measures, and generally ensure that children are kept safe from preventable injuries. Our firm is familiar with many of the licensing laws and safety regulations surrounding the daycare industry and we are prepared to apply our knowledge to the unique facts of your case.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers know that daycare injuries suffered by children can create a host of long-term financial, physical, and emotional repercussions. We know that families forced to grapple with these experiences deserve the right to obtain full compensation and justice and we know that our firm is fully capable of helping them file a successful claim. We offer our experienced service and genuine support to families throughout the area who have a child who has suffered any type of daycare injury, including some of the most common:
Lack of Supervision
Child care providers should maintain an in-sight-always policy, meaning that each child should be under the supervision of a caregiver at all times. It only takes a second for an accident to occur, and by exercising reasonable diligence and care, many daycare accidents and injuries can be prevented, such as:
- Falls from heights and slip and fall accidents
- Wandering into traffic
- Abductions by or contact with strangers
- Injuries inflicted by other children
- Ingesting poisonous chemicals
- Electrocution or burns
Poor supervision can quickly lead to injuries, and any child care provider who fails to reasonably uphold their duty should be held responsible for their actions.
Falling is one of the most common causes of injuries to children under the age of five. Younger children are also more likely to suffer brain injuries from a fall than older children. Other causes of brain injuries to children include abuse and unsafe care and particularly shaken baby syndrome. Whatever the case may be, our legal team works tirelessly to investigate the situation, paying close attention to the conduct of employees and to whether they were properly trained in caring for young children.
All cleaning chemicals and other household chemicals that may be appropriate for use in a daycare facility must be securely stored in an area that children cannot access. Ingesting poisonous chemicals can cause serious injuries and illness.
Faulty Equipment & Product Liability
A large percentage of daycare injuries are caused by defective playground equipment and products. As daycare operators have the duty to inspect and maintain all furniture and equipment, they can possibly be held liable for failure to do so. In cases in which products are inherently defective, such as being improperly designed or manufactured, our product liability lawyers can help families assess their ability to file a product liability claim against the responsible company.
As unfortunate as it may be, sexual abuse is a very real concern in daycare facilities. Proper employee screening and background checks can reduce the risk for sexual abuse, but screening alone will not prevent first time offenders. Proper monitoring of all staff and prompt response to complaints is also essential to reducing the likelihood of inappropriate or abusive behavior. Our firm is prepared to zealously represent families whose children have been victimized by sexual abuse.
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Although our decades of experience, skills as trial lawyers, and numerous resources allow our firm to continually meet the needs and goals of our clients, it is our unsurpassed level of commitment and compassion that truly set our practice apart. We know that families dealing with the repercussions of daycare injuries experience significant emotional turbulence, and we make it our mission to supply them with our unerring support, step-by-step guidance, and caring advocacy. We are here to see the families we represent through their personal injury claim process, and we are intent on using our experience and unmatched abilities to their advantage. Please request a free case evaluation to learn more about filing a claim with our help or contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. today.