Get help with your wrongful death claim. Parents expect that their children will be safe when they are in a daycare facility, but unfortunately, daycare injuries do happen. When the unimaginable occurs, and a child dies because of injuries they suffered due to a daycare’s negligence or abuse, their parents should pursue a wrongful death case. 

No amount of money can ever fully compensate for a child’s death, but there are important benefits to pursuing a wrongful death case. If your child has suffered an injury or lost their life while under the supervision of a daycare provider, an experienced daycare injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your child’s injuries. Not only can parents recover the costs of medical bills and funeral expenses in such a case, but it also holds the daycare facility accountable and helps prevent other families from experiencing a similar tragedy.

Criminal Charges Are Separate From a Civil Complaint or Lawsuit

Ultimately, it will be up to the state whether criminal charges are pursued in cases of daycare abuse or neglect.  A criminal case will not provide damages to your family to cover expenses associated with your child’s daycare injury or death. While the state might file a criminal case, it is up to surviving family members to file a civil lawsuit to recover damages.

Criminal cases are more challenging to prove because the party charged must be shown to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, they must only be found guilty by a preponderance of the evidence—which means it is more likely than not that the defendant committed the act in question.  Even if a criminal case is filed, but the party is found not guilty, you can still file—and potentially win—a civil case.

Proving the Daycare Is at Fault

Many daycares ask you to sign a waiver of liability that says they cannot be held accountable for injuries that occur on their premises. In most cases, courts will find these documents to be invalid, but this does not stop daycare centers from using them as a deterrent to try to keep parents from filing lawsuits.

To be successful in taking legal action against a daycare provider, you will have to prove the following four elements:

  • The daycare center was obligated to you and your child to provide a certain duty of care while your child was under their supervision.
  • The daycare center breached that duty of care owed to you and your child, which resulted in an injury.
  • The breach of reasonable care is the cause of your child’s death.
  • Your family has suffered economic and non-economic damages because of your child’s death.

Recovery for Wrongful Death at Daycare

When an adult loses their life in an accident, it is fairly easy for a court to quantify the financial losses. In addition to economic losses, the court will also consider non-economic losses such as loss of companionship.

When a child dies, family members are eligible for non-economic damages. Financial recovery is based on the costs of the child’s death, including medical expenses, funeral, and burial expenses. The court may grant additional damages based on a few different factors:

  • The age and gender of the child, as well as their life expectancy
  • The child’s earning potential if they had gone on to pursue a career
  • The relationship of the parents and the child
  • The circumstances that led to a wrongful death lawsuit

In daycare wrongful death cases, the child is usually quite young, so the court can only speculate on life and work expectancy. No one can say with certainty what kind of a career or life the child might have grown up to have or what they might have earned.

Why You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney After Your Child Was Hurt at Daycare

A wrongful death lawsuit against a daycare center can be challenging to prove, so you need an experienced attorney on your side. When daycare centers fail to protect the children in their care, they need to be held accountable. At The Button Law Firm, we will work hard to investigate your case so you can get the compensation you deserve—and to bring attention to daycare abuse and neglect so other families do not have to suffer the same consequences. Contact us today.

Contact The Button Law Firm if You Have Lost a Child Due to the Negligence or Abuse of a Texas Daycare

In the wake of such a devastating loss, our hearts go out to the grieving parents who have endured the unimaginable tragedy of losing their child due to the negligence of a daycare facility. At The Button Law Firm, we understand the profound pain and anguish that accompanies such a loss, and we are here to offer our deepest condolences and unwavering support during this difficult time.

Filing a wrongful death case is a crucial step towards seeking justice and holding those responsible for their actions. While nothing can ever fully heal the wounds left by the loss of a loved one, pursuing legal action can provide a sense of accountability and closure for the family.

We are committed to standing by your side every step of the way, advocating on behalf of your child and your family. Our compassionate team will work tirelessly to ensure that your voices are heard and that justice is served.

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.

Russell Button
Connect with me
Dallas, Houston, and Midland Texas trial and personal injury lawyer dedicated to securing justice for clients.