What Do We Expect When A Dallas Daycare Facility Fails To Protect A Child?
If your child was injured at a daycare facility, you have a lot of questions running through your mind. What do you expect to hear from the daycare facility? The answer to what happened and how it could have been prevented. The truth. That is the very least that parents deserve. You have a right to know what happened to your child.
We expect the daycare facility to be honest, not hide, and learn from what went wrong to prevent it from happening to another child. When a daycare facility does this and holds themselves accountable for what happened to our client’s children, it makes it much easier to trust that facility down the road. They are going to make it right and make sure it doesn’t happen to another kid. It is the facilities that keep putting profits over safety that repeatedly harm kids.
However, keep reading to learn about what we have seen recently where facilities go to extreme lengths to hide the truth from the parents.
What Have We Seen Texas Daycare Facilities Do to Hide the Truth?
The Forgotten Child – we recently investigated a case where the daycare facility had taken the kids on a summer field-trip in the van. When they got back to the facility, they opened the doors and let the kids run in. However, they did not have an adequate counting or supervision system in place to ensure that kids were not missing, specifically left on the van. We all know that vehicles should be checked for every place a kid can hide and then locked so that they cannot sneak back on. We all know that the kids should be counted and accounted for with a roll call matching the sheet of kids in attendance. When this is not done, kids are forgotten and generally bad things happen. Think of all the things that could have happened to this kid being left in the parking lot of a daycare facility.
When the parent showed up, the daycare facility neglected to tell the dad that they could not find the kid in the classroom she was supposed to be. Two teachers go running past the father and to the van. They find the kid in the van that was in the summer sun with the windows up. It was 96 degrees outside, imagine how hot it was in the van. The 4-year-old was left in the van for 30 minutes. She could have easily died but she was tough. The teachers pulled her out and instead of taking her in the front door, they take her around the back of the daycare, through the playground and bring her in a back door. They clean her face and then put her back outside on the playground…. Alone. The dad goes looking for his daughter and finds her outside on the playground crying alone – and unsupervised. Then, the teachers act like nothing happened until the daughter tells the dad that they left her in the van. The teachers then lie and say it was only 5 minutes and it was her fault she went to get her backpack. The dad hires a lawyer and gets the video that shows the horror of what really happened. Stay tuned for more here.
Hope the Kid Doesn’t Talk – We have handled cases where the daycare facility does not tell the parents that something happened to their kid because the daycare teacher and management deemed it a non-serious injury. Thus, there was no report, a video was not preserved, and the parents were not notified. The daycare providers are not medical doctors or nurses and have zero medical training to identify an injury, let alone a serious one.
Further, there are many serious injuries that are not outwardly visible, such as brain injuries, broken bones without broken skin, ligament damage, internal bleeding, and internal damage to organs. The parents have a right to know that something may have happened to their child so they can get them checked out at the ER and not have to hear it from their kids. Finding out later always makes it worse.
Daycare facilities hope that kids don’t talk, but when they do, the daycare facility says it wasn’t serious and must not have happened at the daycare center.
Hope They Never Notice – Along the same lines as the underlying serious injuries that occur from one event, daycare centers that are not supervising dangerous teachers will typically go undiscovered for quite some time since their damage is a pattern of small incidents. Parents will see bruises or red marks but not think much of it on isolated incidents, especially when the teachers claim it is just “kids being kids”. However, when there is a pattern of cruel behavior by teachers, such as sexual abuse or aggressive handling, the daycare facility will say they never knew. We typically see this in sex abuse cases or aggressive punishment cases.
Unfortunately, there are red flags that go overlooked by the daycare facility. It takes strong parents willing to stand up and make sure it doesn’t happen to another child by holding the daycare facility accountable.
What Can Be Done About It?
Report it and let them be investigated to get to the truth. For example, we recently got brought on a case where the facility claimed they didn’t have video, even telling the State of Texas investigators they had issues with the video. Then, we get involved and send our initial letter – not surprisingly the video appeared (we still need to see if it is all of the video). Now, we are noticing that documents have gone missing or were never done in the first place.
So, what can be done to prevent daycare facilities from attempting to cover-up this bad behavior and dangerous red flags, hold them accountable. There are a lot of great daycare facilities out there that are providing a safe environment and do what they are supposed to do, even when it is not in their best interest. There are a few bad apples ruining it for the rest of the safe facilities in Dallas.
What Would The Button Law Firm Do To Help?
Our initial investigation letters have been sent off in every single daycare case we handle. They get immediate attention and action started because we demand what every parent deserves – a right to know the truth. It is absolutely amazing what we find out about unqualified teachers that have not been trained and routinely leave kids unsupervised. Is that what our clients that work hard for their money are paying the daycare facility for? I don’t believe so. We want to put a stop to it.
Want To Learn More About Daycare Cover Up’s We See Or Need Us To Get To The Truth In Your Case?
If you or a loved one’s child has been injured at a Dallas daycare facility, reach out to us at 214-888-2216. Our daycare negligence team is ready to handle all 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. We get to the truth and past the cover up attempts. Let us guide you through that process so you can focus on your child’s medical treatment and your family.