Injuries Caused by Falls at Daycares
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of nonfatal childhood injuries? According to Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, approximately 8,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms for fall-related injuries every day. That’s a total of more than 2.9 million children hurt every year because of falls. And, these statistics include falls that occur at daycare facilities.
Nearly 3 million children injured in a year is one too many because falls can easily be prevented anywhere. If your child was seriously hurt or fatally injured because of a serious fall at daycare, our Texas daycare injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm can help you get the compensation your family deserves and protect other children from getting hurt in the future. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Kids Falling at Texas Daycares
While falling is part of childhood—wobbly legs learning how to walk, running when not paying attention to surroundings, etc.—a child who takes a serious fall at daycare is another story. First and foremost, the lack of supervision of children is often the root cause of children falling and getting critically hurt at daycare facilities.
While the common denominator of the cause is a lack of supervision and monitoring or negligence, how the falls occur is related to the child’s age. For example, infants in daycare can fall from heights that include:
- Being dropped by a caregiver holding them
- Chairs or couches
- Changing tables
Meanwhile, toddlers and young children at Texas daycares can fall from or on:
- Chairs or couches
- Playground equipment
- Slippery or unclean floors at the daycare
- Steps or stairs too big or steep for their little legs
- Tall furniture or other surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
How Can My Child Get Hurt by a Fall at Daycare?
When a child falls from a high surface without any protection, serious injuries may include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Eye injuries
- Psychological trauma such as anxiety and depression
- Severe wounds that require stitches or surgery
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Sadly, some daycare falls can be fatal, especially for infants, since their bodies are too fragile to survive the impact of a hard landing or injuries sustained from the fall.
How Can Daycares Prevent Serious Fall Injuries?
Falls can be prevented or avoided when daycare and childcare facilities follow state laws and minimum care safety guidelines. Measures that provide a safe environment for children of all ages include:
- Adequate supervision of children, including reducing child-to-caregiver ratios
- Cleaning and maintaining the facility so that children do not trip on objects
- Constant supervision of caregivers by daycare directors or managers
- Ensuring all furniture such as bookshelves, changing tables, or storage cabinets are properly secured to the walls
- Maintaining playground equipment
- Properly training staff and reviewing safety protocols such as not leaving babies alone on a changing table
- Stopping children from climbing on furniture or high surfaces that are unsafe
Our expert Texas daycare injury lawyers have created a free guide to help parents, like you, find a safe daycare for their children.
What Should I Do If My Child Was Hurt Because of a Fall at Daycare?
An incident involving your child getting seriously hurt at daycare can be scary and take emotional and financial tolls on you and your family. In Texas, your family has the option to hold the daycare responsible for their negligence and failure to keep your child safe by filing a claim. You have two years to file a claim to seek compensation, also known as damages, and hold the daycare accountable.
Damages that your family may be compensated for include:
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses, including ongoing or future medical treatments and therapy
- Pain and suffering
In the tragic event that your child experiences a fatal injury because of a preventable fall at daycare, survivors may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses incurred prior to passing away
- Loss of consortium for family members
- Loss of income
- Emotional damages such as pain and suffering
- Other unexpected costly fees
It is important to speak with experienced attorneys, like our team at The Button Law Firm, who will listen and determine the best way to help you and your family.
How The Button Law Firm Can Help After a Child Experiences a Serious Fall at Daycare
Our knowledgeable and compassionate daycare injury attorneys at The Button Law Firm are dedicated to holding daycare facilities accountable for unsafe conditions and negligence that harm your child. We have successfully helped families, like yours, with these cases. We will advocate for your family so that you can focus on helping your child heal from any injuries and move forward. Our attorneys at The Button Law Firm are recognized on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list and are located in Dallas, Houston, and Midland. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Accident Claims for Child Injuries Resulting from Serious Falls at Daycare
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
In Texas, the family of a child who was injured because of a serious fall at daycare have two years to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, so contact our legal team today at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form, and we can determine how the legal statutes impact your case.
How much does it cost to file a claim?
At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. We work on contingency. This way, you can focus on helping your child heal from their injuries while we focus on advocating and fighting for you and your family. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form to get started.
Who do you represent?
We advocate for Texas children and the families of children who have been injured due to negligence and abuse at daycare facilities. With offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you and your family anywhere in the Lone Star State.
How can I file a claim?
Why should I work with The Button Law Firm?
We are dedicated to helping children and their families in Texas who have been severely injured in accidents at daycares, schools, and camps. Our Texas Super Lawyer-rated attorneys are ready to listen to you, advocate for you, and help you hold negligent parties accountable. See what past clients have to say about working with us on their legal matters.