Child who was injured at a slip and fall at a Texas daycareAs growing children run and play, they are often prone to falling. Most of the time, when kids slip and fall, they get right back up and continue with their day. We expect the same to happen when our children are at daycare. But sometimes, children slip and fall at daycare because they are left unsupervised or their environment isn't safe. 

How Children Can Slip and Fall at Texas Daycares

Children of different ages are prone to different types of falls. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, pediatric unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related trips to the emergency room for children under the age of five. For example, toddlers are particularly prone to falls as they learn how to navigate through the world. 

Other examples of potential daycare slips and falls include:

  • Pushing and bullying by other children
  • Bookshelves and television stands that are not secured to the wall
  • Children climbing after being left without proper supervision
  • Falling objects
  • Ladders that are left out
  • Loose handrails on stairs
  • Dangerous walkways or hallways
  • Tripping over loose cords
  • Unsafe or unmaintained playground equipment
  • Unsafe areas outside, including sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots left unshoveled or improperly maintained
  • Spills that are not cleaned up from the floor
  • Wet floors that have recently been mopped

Some accidents are unavoidable, but many can be prevented. There is no excuse for injuries that could have easily been avoided if items had been taken care of properly, put out of reach, or if children had been properly supervised. Your daycare should have rules to keep your child's environment safe. 

How Texas Daycares Can Be Held Liable When Children Slip and Fall

Daycare centers have a duty to ensure their premises are maintained and kept safe for their charges. If a daycare worker was negligent and a child was injured, the daycare may be liable for damages. 

Your personal injury claim could seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages experienced by your child. Your lawyer must prove that the daycare center or school was negligent in its duties and that this negligence caused the injury.

Proving a Slip and Fall Case at a Texas Daycare

If the worst happens and your child is injured at daycare, caregivers should immediately report the incident to the parent. As soon as you learn what happened, you must gather evidence to prove your case. We recommend that you take the following steps:

  • Take pictures of the scene and your child’s injuries as soon as possible after the incident. 
  • Report the incident to the daycare director.
  • Take your child to the doctor even if the injury seems minor. It sometimes takes a while before it is clear just how severe an injury might be, particularly with injuries to the head or back. Keep copies of any medical bills and reports.
  • Write down what happened after you talked with any witnesses. Be sure to get names and contact information for anyone who saw what happened. Make a note of what the scene looked like and any other pertinent information.
  • Keep any evidence, such as ripped or bloody clothing, that might help confirm the accident details.
  • Contact an attorney sooner rather than later. The sooner an investigation is conducted, the better the chances of proving your case.

Contact The Button Law Firm if Your Child Slips and Falls at Daycare

Contact our knowledgeable daycare injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm if your child was seriously hurt from a fall because of a daycare center’s negligence. With attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to listen, fight for your family, and help your family move forward. 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, email us at [email protected], or fill out a contact form for a free case evaluation.

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