When Midland-Odessa parents search for a daycare, they want to find a place that is safe, and overall a great environment for their kids to learn and grow. But when daycares and their caregivers disregard the importance of safety and training for their own staff, children can get seriously hurt.
Throughout the Permian Basin, parents work hard every day to provide essential items for their children. Childcare is a vital part of day-to-day life – it allows parents to join the workforce and provide for their own families.
However, it can be overwhelming to find the right daycare for your child. Our Texas child injury attorney knows there are so many things to consider and questions you might have.
Some of the most common questions we get from Midland parents are:
- How do I know this daycare is the right one for my child?
- Shouldn’t daycare facilities do all they can to prevent kids from getting hurt?
- If my child does get hurt at daycare, what do I do?
The State of Texas has minimum standards in place to help prevent harm or injury to a child – every licensed daycare in Midland-Odessa and throughout the state is required to uphold these and can even receive penalties for not doing so. Yet, time and time again, kids in Midland-Odessa daycares continue to sustain serious injuries, from physical, sexual, or psychological abuse.
With our firm’s experience handling these types of cases, we want to pass along our knowledge to help parents to be aware of the possible signs of neglect and abuse. Our firm has handled many harrowing cases where children have been injured in daycare facilities – we want to make sure parents are aware of the signs of dangerous daycares in the Permian Basin and throughout the State of Texas.
Common signs of physical daycare abuse or neglect might be:
Signs of psychological and emotional abuse or neglect can include:
- Anxiety or anxiety disorders
- Unexplained irrational fears (like being scared of leaving the house or getting into the car)
- Excessive crying or aggression
- Sudden regressive behaviors (for example, regression after being potty trained)
We’ve unfortunately seen many of these signs in children who have been abused or neglected by their daycare caregivers – it’s incredibly disheartening for parents and families to see their child suffer.
How Does This Happen?
Some daycare owners and managers try to cut corners by hiring unqualified staff or allowing too many kids to be watched by one person at a time. It’s important to know what is required of daycares and report to the state when they’re breaking the rules.
Many of the injuries we see are 100% preventable. It’s up to the daycare to ensure they’re doing everything they can to prevent kids from getting hurt.