What Parents Should Know About the Causes of Amputation Injuries at Daycare
Parents are always shocked when their child suffers from a serious injury at daycare. There are many preventable injuries that happen – and they happen surprisingly often, but today, we want to focus on amputation-related injuries.
Children are small, curious, and, oftentimes, unaware of the dangers that are right in front of them. So, it’s important that when they’re at daycare, they’re being properly supervised and cared for. Unfortunately, though, some daycares cut corners, and serious injuries that lead to amputation can happen. Today, we’re going to go over the most common causes we see for amputation injuries.
The Three Most Common Causes of Amputation Injuries
First – we often see amputations from incidents involving doors slamming on kids’ fingers. This usually happens when an adult doesn’t check to make sure all the kids are through the door, and a child’s finger gets caught. Daycare doors tend to be heavy. So, when the door slams on a child’s finger, it can cause the finger to be seriously damaged or even severed off.
Second – amputations can happen from furniture tipping or falling over. If a heavy piece of furniture, like a bookcase or a desk, isn’t properly secured, it can fall onto a child and cause damage to a limb, like a leg, arm, or finger. This can result in the child needing that limb to be removed. To prevent this, daycares should child-proof a space by properly securing furniture.
And third, exposing kids to sharp objects can lead to the amputation of a limb. This can range from a variety of incidents at daycare. Most commonly, we see this happen when the premises and equipment aren’t maintained properly to ensure child safety.
Examples can include:
- sharp objects sticking out of playgrounds or fences,
- or when there’s broken glass or other sharp surfaces in reach of children.
Children may also suffer sharp object amputation injuries when they have access to machinery, knives, or scissors. To prevent sharp object injuries, daycares must take all possible steps to ensure areas are safe and that children are being properly supervised by caregivers. Traumatic limb loss is a serious matter and is always preventable at daycares.
What to Do If Your Child Suffered an Amputation or Traumatic Limb Loss Injury at Daycare
If your child was the victim of a traumatic limb loss incident at daycare, it’s important to get help immediately. Making a claim for your child can help them recover and begin to move forward from their life-changing injury. Be sure to call us today.
But if you’re not quite ready to speak with our team, we get it. We’ve created a completely free guide, called 5 Steps to Take After a Daycare Injury. You can download it by clicking here. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to keep you moving forward.