Posted on Apr 11, 2023

Young child getting treatment for burn injuries on his leg. ELLIS COUNTY, TX - The Button Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against Discovery Children’s Academy, LLC after a father discovered his one-and-a-half-year-old son had suffered life-threatening burn injuries while at the daycare.

What Happened at This Ellis County Daycare?

A young child was inadequately supervised and left to play on a lower shelf of a changing table. Next to the changing table was a trash can and a hanging cord connected to a scalding hot bottle warmer. The young child knocked the nearby trashcan and dangling cord, causing the bottle warmer to fall over and spill scalding hot water onto the child’s legs and body.

Even though this incident caused the child to suffer serious and visible injuries, the caregivers who were responsible for caring for the young boy did not call emergency medical services. The daycare tried to downplay the seriousness of the situation by not explaining the severity of the injuries to the parent. When the parent arrived at the daycare to pick up his son, he could see that the child needed immediate medical attention and rushed him to the emergency room. The child was then treated for severe burns to his legs and body.

You can read the filed petition here.

How Can Texas Daycares Prevent Bottle Warmer Burn Injuries?

Bottle warmer burn injuries are 100% preventable and should never happen in Texas daycares. In this case, the daycare failed to follow the minimum standards put out by the state of Texas, like failing to safeguard dangerous items, such as bottle warmers, to ensure they are not within close proximity to children.

Additionally, Discovery Children’s Academy failed to do the following:

  • Provide a safe and open floor space for children
  • Demonstrate good judgment and competency
  • Train and supervise caregivers on how to respond to medical emergencies
  • Supervise the child in their care properly

What Went Wrong at This Texas Daycare?

Many things were done incorrectly by the daycare. The child should have never been allowed to play on a changing table shelf to begin with, as he could’ve suffered from a serious fall-related injury. To make matters worse, the caregivers left a hot bottle warmer and dangling power cord within the vicinity of the space the child was in. These bottle warmers are a clear danger to young kids and should be stored up high and far away, with no cords hanging. 

If a serious injury does happen, daycares are required to seek emergency medical services and notify the parents of the injury.

Sadly, in this case, none of this was done, causing serious, life-altering injuries to an innocent toddler.

How The Button Law Firm Helps Texas Families Get Justice After a Daycare Injury

Our team is experienced in helping families move forward after a serious daycare injury. We have helped families throughout Texas and beyond get justice after their child was harmed because of a negligent daycare.

If you or a loved one has a child who was seriously injured at the hands of a dangerous daycare, be sure to reach out to our daycare injury team. You can contact us by calling (214) 699-4409 or filling out the form at the bottom of this page.

We want to help families across Texas get justice after their child has been wrongfully injured. If you have more questions, contact us today. We’re here to help you keep moving forward.

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