Severed fingers are serious injuries: All or part of a finger is cut. A medical article published in 2020 cited fingertips as the most likely spot of a child’s finger to experience severing injuries, particularly in children younger than 5.
In this article, our Texas daycare injury lawyers at The Button Law Firm provide an overview of severed finger injuries. We break down why these injuries are so dangerous, common scenarios that can deeply cut little fingers at daycare centers, and legal options parents may pursue if their child severs a finger at a childcare facility.
Why Are Severed Finger Injuries Dangerous for Children?
For kids, these deep cuts can slice through critical tendons and nerves. It can take several months for these wounds to heal, and some side effects can be experienced for the rest of a child’s life. For example, the sense of touch, residual pain, and cold intolerance can arise for prolonged periods of time or even permanently following a severed finger injury. A severed finger can also significantly impact a child’s use of that finger and their hand. In some cases, a finger is amputated from a little hand.
If your child severs a finger at a daycare center in Texas, it is important to seek medical attention at a pediatrician’s office or urgent care facility, where doctors can examine the little fingers and provide the best treatment to help them heal. This is especially important if the cut is deep, or the finger is detached.
How Do Severed Finger Injuries Happen at Daycare Centers in Texas?
When daycare centers in Texas neglect to create a safe environment with adequate supervision of the young children in their care, severed finger injuries are more likely to happen. We often see these critical injuries at daycare centers when:
- A child’s fingers are cut by something sharp such as unmaintained playground equipment
- Delicate fingers get caught in a heavy metal door and cut by the door hinge
- Unsupervised children access sharp objects at the facility like a pair of scissors
The good news: Severed finger injuries can easily be prevented when Texas daycare centers comply with state-mandated child-to-caregiver ratios in classrooms to ensure children are properly supervised. Closely watching the appropriate number of children helps caregivers prevent severed finger injuries from happening.
Can I Sue If My Child Severs Their Finger at Daycare?
If a child severs a finger while at a daycare center in Texas, parents and legal guardians can file a lawsuit to hold the daycare and relevant caregivers accountable for negligence that caused the injury. Filing a lawsuit against the facility for a child’s severed finger allows parents to seek compensation, also known as damages. A family may be compensated for the following damages in a daycare finger injury case:
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses, including a child’s ongoing or future medical treatments and therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from missing work while serving as a caregiver for a child recovering from injuries
Read more about your family’s right to compensation for finger injuries at a daycare center here.
Taking legal action will trigger an investigation into the center’s noncompliance with state laws, and safety guidelines, referred to as minimum standards, which, if adhered to, would have prevented the child’s finger injury. You can learn about the process of filing a daycare injury lawsuit in this video.
What are the Time Limitations to File a Lawsuit Against a Daycare Center for a Child’s Severed Finger?
The statute of limitations, or time limit, in Texas to file a lawsuit is two years from the date of the daycare incident that caused your child’s severed finger injury. Often, filing quickly is beneficial because it helps with identifying and gathering evidence from various sources while memories of the incident are still fresh. This can help you hold the daycare accountable for the negligence that caused your child’s severed finger.
How Much Is It To Speak To An Attorney If My Child’s Finger Was Severed at a Daycare Center?
We work on contingency, meaning we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to speak with you or begin work on your case. Ask questions about an incident at a daycare center that severed your child’s finger with our Texas daycare injury attorneys by calling 214-699-4409 or filling out a contact form. It’s free.
Wins: The Button Law Firm Has Held Daycare Centers Accountable for Severed Fingers
Our legal team has helped many families hold daycare centers accountable for finger severs. Check out some of our success stories:
- BLF Attorneys Help Family Move Forward After Daughter’s Finger Severed at Montessori School
- How The Button Law Firm Helped a Family After Their Child’s Finger Was Nearly Severed Off After A Lack of Supervision
- How a Texarkana Family Got Justice After a Toddler’s Finger Injury at Daycare
More Resources To Help After a Child Severs a Finger at a Daycare Center in Texas
Because finger injuries are so common at daycare centers, our Texas daycare injury lawyers have created the following resources to help parents:
- What To Do After Your Child Experiences a Crushed or Severed Finger Injury
- Finger Injuries at Daycare Centers in Texas
- What You Need to Know About Finger Injuries at Daycare Video
How Our Texas Daycare Finger Injury Lawyers Can Help Your Family
Our team of experienced and compassionate Texas daycare injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to advocating for you and your family if your child’s finger was severed while in the care of a daycare facility. With attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, 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 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.