Few things are more upsetting than picking up your child at daycare only to discover they have suffered an injury. If possible, you should speak to caregivers immediately to find out what happened.
You should also seek immediate medical attention for your child with a trip to the nearest emergency department. Young children may not be able to tell you how badly they are hurt. In addition, some injuries, such as head injuries, may not show signs until later.
Depending on the type of injury and its severity, you may be able to pursue damages for reimbursement of current and future medical expenses, as well as other costs associated with the injury. You should contact a daycare injury lawyer as soon as possible to help investigate what happened and to determine whether or not the daycare’s negligence caused your child’s injury. You should also be aware that most daycare centers will do everything they can to minimize your child’s injury and their role in it.
Potential Types of Care Your Injured Child Might Need
Common daycare injuries can range from minor injuries such as cuts and bruises to more serious injuries such as broken bones or head trauma. Depending on the severity and type of injury, expenses could go well beyond a trip to the emergency room.
For example, after a broken bone or another serious injury, your child might need physical therapy to restore lost mobility. A child who is paralyzed after a spinal injury might need an assistive device such as a wheelchair. Children who suffer a traumatic brain injury might need occupational therapy to reteach everyday tasks or speech and language therapy to help overcome communication problems. Psychological counseling is also common after children experience trauma.
Parents who suddenly find themselves being a full-time caregiver for an injured child will probably need respite care, which provides caregivers with needed time away from their responsibilities.
Even if you have excellent health insurance, the cost of many of these services can become expensive—especially if your child needs these services for months, years, or a lifetime. In a lawsuit against the daycare, your damages could include compensation for past medical expenses as well as the future healthcare needs of your child.
Damages You May Be Able to Recover After a Daycare Injury
The following damages are allowed under a daycare injury case:
- Medical expenses from the past, present, and future
- Lost wages when parents cannot work because they are taking care of their injured child
- Pain and suffering of the child because of the trauma and the physical impairment of their daily activities
You will need to provide documentation for expenses that came about as a result of your child’s injury. These can include:
- Doctor bills
- Hospital bills
- Emergency room treatment bills
- Ambulance bills
- Bills for nursing services
- Medication receipts
- Physical or occupational therapy bills
Since there is no way for medical bills to document future costs related to the accident, you will need to prove that your child will require continued care. Medical experts such as doctors and other practitioners can provide testimony about the services and treatment that will be deemed necessary for the condition or injury. They can also provide information about the probable future costs of needed treatments for your child.
Contact a Daycare Injury Lawyer
If your child was injured while at daycare and you suspect negligence, you need a daycare injury lawyer. Find out more about your options by contacting The Button Law Firm. Every case is unique, and injuries impact children and their families differently. Make an appointment for a no-obligation consultation, and we can help you determine your next steps.