Child sad because of neglect at a Woodlands Daycare facilityParents in The Woodlands strive to keep their little ones safe, especially when a local daycare center is charged with their care. However, as much as this community north of Houston feels like a safe bubble with its family-friendly trails and community activities, daycare neglect happens at local childcare facilities. In fact, a local 1-year-old boy experienced extreme neglect at a daycare center: Workers restrained and then left him for six hours, as reported by ABC 13.

Often, these incidents of neglect at daycare centers stem from the hiring of unqualified staff or the practice of keeping overcrowded classrooms that have inadequate caregiver-to-child ratios. Thus, the daycare workers can find it challenging to properly tend to all of the young children under their watch. Also, there may not be enough senior staff available to oversee the caregivers to ensure they are complying with the state’s minimum standards.

Our experienced daycare injury lawyers at The Button Law Firm are educating parents like you in The Woodlands about the realities of daycare neglect, including signs to watch for and what you can do if you suspect your child is being neglected at a local center.

What Are the Signs of Daycare Neglect in The Woodlands?

The following child behaviors and physical clues are indicators to parents in The Woodlands that their child may be experiencing neglect at a local daycare center:

  • Aggressive behavior by the child that is unusual from his or her typical temperament
  • Coming home with dirty hands and face
  • Emotional outburst during drop-off at the daycare center
  • Extremely hot or extremely cold cheeks, ears, or other body parts from prolonged exposure to outdoor elements
  • For infants, repeatedly having an unchanged diaper at pickup or developing severe diaper rash
  • Unusual hunger or thirst when a child arrives home
  • Withdrawn behavior such as not wanting to play with siblings or be around family members

You can learn more about other signs of daycare neglect at facilities in The Woodlands in this video.

I Think My Child Is Being Neglected at a Daycare Center in The Woodlands. What Should I Do?

Parents in The Woodlands know their children best, including which behaviors are and are not normal. If you suspect your child is being neglected at a daycare center, it is important to report the incident to the state by calling the Texas Abuse Hotline at 800-252-5400 so that the incident can be investigated within 24 hours. Also, by reporting the incident, a record of violations at the daycare center could help other parents seek a safe facility for their children.

After you have reported the suspected neglect, reach out to our experienced and knowledgeable daycare injury lawyers at The Button Law Firm by calling 281-857-6116 or emailing us at [email protected]. We will listen to you and advise you and your family on the best path forward. (The consultation is free, so there is no cost to you.)

How Can I Protect My Child from Experiencing Daycare Neglect in The Woodlands?

Prevention is key to keeping children in The Woodlands safe at local daycare centers. We recommend that parents download our free daycare safety guide, which includes questions to ask about supervision protocols, classroom ratios, and even security features at the daycare center to ensure your child is properly supervised and their needs are met.

However, despite doing all your research and due diligence, a local daycare center can still fail you and your child. Don’t stress. We are here to help.

Can I Sue a Daycare Center in The Woodlands If My Child Was Neglected in Its Care?

Families in The Woodlands have the right to take legal action against local daycare centers in cases of child neglect. Filing a civil lawsuit within two years of the incident opens the path to seeking justice and compensation, commonly referred to as damages. These damages cover various aspects of a child's suffering, such as medical expenses, physical injuries, emotional distress, and psychological trauma resulting from the daycare center's failures.  

In the tragic event that a child passes away because of neglect experienced at the daycare center, surviving parents in The Woodlands may be eligible for compensation to cover: 

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses incurred before a child’s passing
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages if the daycare’s gross negligence caused a child’s death
  • The emotional toll of losing a loved one, especially a child
  • Other unexpected expenses

Do you still have more questions about daycare neglect in The Woodlands and your legal rights? Get a free consultation by calling 281-857-6116 or emailing us at [email protected].

Was Your Child Neglected at a Daycare Center in The Woodlands? Our Daycare Injury Lawyers Can Help.

Our team of experienced and compassionate daycare injury lawyers at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family if your child was neglected while in the care of a childcare facility in The Woodlands. With attorneys in Montgomery and Harris counties, we are ready to listen and fight for your family. 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. Call us at 281-857-6116, email us at [email protected], or fill out a contact form for a free case evaluation.

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