Signs of Neglect at Texas Daycares
Daycare neglect comes in different forms: physical, emotional, and mental. There are warning signs parents should be watching out for in their children. Sometimes, the signs of neglect are not always obvious. Warning signs to look out for that could indicate that your child may have been abused, mistreated, or neglected at daycare if you notice the following signs:
- Unusual hunger or thirst
- Unchanged diaper
- Dirty hands and face
- Unexplained bruises, pinches, or scratches
- Unusually aggressive behavior
- Unusually withdrawn behavior
- Emotional outbursts during drop-off and pick-up
Damages We Help Families Recover
The impacts of neglect can be long-lasting, and they can be physical, emotional, and psychological, depending on the type of negligence. It’s important for you to take your child to the doctor if they have physical injuries; however, those visits can get expensive. Medical bills are one area we can help recover damages for, along with:
- Past and future medical visits
- Long-term or permanent injuries caused by the incident
- Psychological help for feelings of abandonment, etc.
- Loss of opportunity/enjoyment of life
Each case is different, and injuries affect each child and their family differently. That’s why our team at The Button Law Firm works hard to investigate every injury and the effect it has had on the child and family.
How Neglect Can Be Prevented at Texas Daycares
Neglect in daycares is prevented by ensuring proper supervision. All states require that caregivers supervise children at all times. The Texas Department of Health and Human Services’ Minimum Standards for Child-Care Centers says, “supervision is basic to the prevention of harm.” Additionally, the Texas minimum standards state that caregivers are “responsible for the ongoing activity of each child, appropriate visual and/or auditory awareness, physical proximity, and knowledge of activity requirements and each child’s needs. The caregiver must intervene when necessary to ensure children’s safety.” If caregivers followed these guidelines properly, neglect would be far less common in daycares.
Minimum standards, laws, regulations, and rules only work if daycares employ people who are qualified, trained, and supervised to ensure they follow them. Daycares are responsible for ensuring the people they hire are screened and background checked. Additionally, the employees need to be trained and monitored to ensure they are following the state requirements and the rules of the daycare.
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
In order to make a claim against a daycare, it must be done with the state’s statute of limitations, which means there is a certain time a lawsuit must be filed in. The laws regarding statute of limitations are specific to each state, and there can also be differences depending on the type of claim and who is pursuing it. For most negligence claims in Texas, the suit must be filed within two years of the incident. It’s best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Who does The Button Law Firm represent?
Our team at The Button Law Firm is dedicated to representing families of children who have been neglected and injured at daycare. We are ready to take on your case anywhere in the Lone Star State, as we have offices in Dallas, Houston, and Midland. We also take on cases selectively across the country.
How can you contact us for help?
We have many ways to get into contact with our team. You can contact our team by calling 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form. Someone from our team will be in touch.
Why should you choose The Button Law Firm?
We are dedicated to advocating for children harmed in daycares in Texas. Our team is ready to listen to you, advocate for you and your family, and help you hold negligent and abusive daycares accountable, so you can find closure and move forward with your lives. See what our past clients had to say about working with us to handle their cases.