The Button Law Firm works with families throughout the State of Texas who have a child that was injured at daycare by a caregiver's negligence or abuse. Our team of child injury attorneys represents those victims and their loved ones and also works to secure their emotional and mental recovery as well. You'll find resources regarding how to handle daycare abuse and how to find a safe daycare on our website.
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How Children Are Harmed in Houston Daycare Centers
Children are active and unpredictable. No one ever said that caring for young children was easy, but when you run a business devoted to the care of children, you had better make sure you have taken every possible measure to ensure the safety of your children. Providing high-quality childcare services is also not cheap, but it is often cost-cutting actions that lead to the neglect and injury of our littlest loved ones. Children in Texas daycares can suffer a variety of injuries and illnesses when they are in an unsafe environment. Some of the causes of daycare injuries include the following:
- Inadequate staffing. Texas law limits the number of children a daycare worker may supervise. This ratio changes as children get older and become more able to care for themselves. For example, daycare workers may not supervise more than four babies aged 0–11 months but may be in charge of 15 3-year-olds and 26 6-year-olds. Even if a daycare center is in compliance with these requirements on paper, it doesn’t mean that at any given moment, workers are not supervising more children than they legally should. During developmental stages, children can be difficult to handle. Inadequate staffing and overwhelmed caretakers can lead to negligent behavior that affecting your children for the worse.
- Unqualified workers. All daycare workers in Texas must pass a background check and meet minimum requirements, including having a high school diploma and completing eight hours of pre-service training. If a child is injured while in the care of a childcare worker who does not meet these qualifications, the daycare center can be held liable for knowingly endangering your child.
- Unsafe facilities. The State of Texas has an extensive list of required safety practices for daycare centers covering everything from furniture and equipment to handwashing and severe weather. When a child is injured by an unsecured bookcase or broken playground structure, the daycare center can be held liable. It is the center’s responsibility to conduct regular safety inspections and to correct any violations that could harm a child. Should the staff not be able to control a disruptive situation, unsafe environments become real possibilities.
- Criminal acts. When a child is purposely hurt by a childcare provider, that individual may face criminal charges, and the daycare center—as his or her employer—may also be held responsible. Even if an employee has passed a background check or if he or she physically or sexually abuses a child, both the employee and employer can be held accountable.
What Might Cause Physical Injuries to Children in Daycare?
Our Texas daycare injury attorney knows getting a call in the middle of the day from your child’s daycare center informing you that your child has been injured—or worse—is a parent’s worst fear. However, discovering bruises or broken bones on your own—or hearing about abuse or neglect from a verbal child—is even worse. In these cases, the daycare center is either ignoring an incident and hoping it goes away or is unaware that anything even happened to the child. In both instances, the caregivers should be held accountable.