Children playing at a Texas gym daycare center. These facilities can often lead to child injuries.Busy parents who want to work out often leave their children in the care of the gym's childcare center. They expect their children to be safe during that time, but this may not be the case. To the surprise of many, gym daycare centers in Texas are not licensed or regulated like regular daycare centers. 

Some gyms have high standards for keeping kids safe, but others may not. This could put your child at risk. Even if you signed a waiver when you purchased your gym membership saying that the facility is not responsible if your child is injured, most courts still hold the childcare facility liable. 

What to Look for in a Gym Childcare Center

When you sign up for a gym membership and view the childcare area, you should look around to see how clean the facility is. Observe the behavior of the children who are there. Sounds of crying and scolding, as opposed to happy noises, could be a bad sign. Talk to other parents, if possible.

You should also be prepared to ask some questions, such as:

  • What are the facility’s hours?
  • What is the ratio of caregivers to children?
  • What are the minimum and maximum ages of the children?
  • How are staff trained and screened? Are they required to have CPR certification? Visit the childcare room to observe the caregivers in action. Do they play with the kids? Or are they paying more attention to their own cell phones?
  • Are there age-appropriate toys and activities available? Are young children being parked in front of screens? Will children be taken to the pool?
  • What is the policy on snacks? If snacks are given, are they healthy and age-appropriate?

What to Do If Your Child Is Hurt at a Gym Daycare Center

The most common types of daycare injuries include:

If your child suffers an injury while at a gym daycare center, it is crucial to obtain medical help immediately—even if the injuries do not seem serious at first. Medical treatment creates the necessary paper trail for an insurance claim and a possible lawsuit if you decide to file one. Often when people do not obtain medical treatment, insurance companies will argue that the injuries must not have been very serious in an attempt to pay less on a claim.

You should also report the accident to the manager or club owners. Your report will be important evidence in your claim for compensation. 

Although drop-off gym childcare centers are not regulated, you can still file a claim for negligence if your child is injured. Even without state mandates, gym daycare centers have a duty of providing reasonable care when they take on the responsibility of supervising children. Getting legal help immediately is essential. If the gym daycare center is found to be liable for your child’s injury because of negligence, they will be the ones to pay for your child’s medical bills. 

Contact an Experienced Texas Daycare Injury Attorney

Our team of experienced and compassionate daycare injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family if your child was injured at a gym daycare center in Texas. We are ready to listen and fight for your family to get justice and move forward. Our attorneys at The Button Law Firm are recognized on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list, and we can help guide you after a traumatizing incident involving your child. We work on contingency, meaning we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. Get a free case evaluation by calling us at 214-699-4409, emailing us at [email protected], or filling out a contact form.

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