Being betrayed by someone you trust is beyond hurtful. The extent of disappointment and rage experienced by parents who entrusted daycare centers with their children is expected and understandable. Hardworking parents are paying a facility that promises the utmost care and love while watching the kids. When that trust is violated and the kids are abused by daycare employees, it affects everyone.
Scarred for Life After Daycare Abuse and Neglect
Parents and children alike experience trauma after the child has been abused at daycare. Children can often have long-lasting psychological damage from abuse that can last into, and possibly through, adulthood.
How Often Does Abuse or Neglect of Children Happen at Daycare?
In the United States, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. We lose on average between four to seven children every day to child abuse and neglect. Sadly, child abuse transcends demographics—any child can be a victim. Furthermore, there are studies that correlate adverse childhood experiences to a lower life expectancy rate. In particular, those who reported six or more adverse childhood experiences had an average life expectancy that is two decades shorter than those who reported none.
What Is Daycare Abuse in Texas?
Daycare abuse comes in many forms. It can be physical, emotional, and/or sexual. Here are some red flags to look out for:
- The child is always thirsty or hungry when he or she comes home
- The child becomes socially withdrawn or “out of himself/herself”
- The child displays an unusually aggressive or rebellious behavior
- The child shows behavioral changes or extreme mood swings
- Child reverts to early-childhood behaviors, such as baby talk, thumb sucking, clinging, or headbanging
- The child gets recurring nightmares and other sleep problems like bed-wetting
- The child shows sudden anxiety and fear of certain activities, people, or places
- The child grows an unusual degree of sexual interest, knowledge, and/or behavior
- The child has unexplained bruises or other injuries.
Not all signs of child abuse are obvious. If you send your children to daycare centers, be extremely mindful of their behavior patterns. Always try to engage a conversation with your children about their experience at the daycare. If you notice something unusual, do not hesitate to seek help and to speak up.
What Does the Button Law Firm Do for Daycare Abuse Victims?
We take daycare abuse cases seriously. We dive into our investigations and research to get to the root cause of why it happened. Then, we work our way backwards to when the abuse could have been prevented.
Shockingly, most of the time we find that the daycare employee was unqualified, untrained, and unsupervised. There are usually red flags all over that indicate that these daycare employees that abuse children should have never been taking care of children at all. Instead, they were allowed to continue working and harming children until they were finally caught.
We get to the bottom of it all and find the truth. Then, we hold everyone accountable that could have prevented it, not just the single daycare employee that was the abuser, but also their supervisors, who should’ve monitored the employees and noticed signs of abuse. Leadership starts at the top, and all must be chastised for these serious incidents.
As we work on the case, we help the families get past their guilt, so that they can receive closure by holding the wrongdoers accountable. Additionally, we make sure that the families and the children receive the proper treatment and counseling to help cope and handle the long-term consequences of being an abused victim.
Need Help? Call Our Dallas Daycare Team for Free 214-699-4409.
If you or a loved one has had a child that was abused or injured at a Dallas daycare facility, reach out to us using our confidential form or call us at 214-699-4409. Our daycare negligence team is ready to handle all of your needs and answer any questions you may have. When your child is hurt, the last thing you want to do is deal with the legal side. Let us guide you through that process so you can focus on your child’s medical treatment and your family.
If you are not ready to speak to an attorney, please check out our FREE guide for parents whose child was injured while attending daycare. You even have the option to request a paper copy sent to your home. The Button Law Firm wants to make sure all parents are informed of their rights and take the proper steps after their child has been injured at daycare.