Has Your Daycare Failed to Protect Your Child from Injury?
Although your childcare provider promised to safeguard your child, your child ends up hurt or worse. Even more frustrating is that you may not get straight answers as to how it happened, or you’re told your child was hurt “playing” or by just “being a kid”.
Common Causes of Injuries at DaycareChildren ages 0 to 5 are more likely to be injured and hospitalized from falling than any other cause of injury. Fall injuries often result from inadequate supervision or faulty playground equipment (deficient guardrails, insufficient ground cover to soften falls or age inappropriate apparatus for young children). Injuries also result from children ingesting toxins or known allergens due to poor record keeping, lack of staff training or improper oversight of daycare personnel by facility directors. Unlike most other personal injury cases involving adults, the injured child is usually unable to explain how or why they were hurt.
How an Attorney Can HelpThere can be many components to a daycare claim, and a number of things to check. Among them your attorney should: verify the licensing of the daycare and the credentials of the directors/workers; investigate whether similar complaints have been lodged against the daycare; verify proper use, maintenance and installation of any toys or playground equipment that caused injury to your child; and check compliance with mandated child/staff ratios (they vary depending upon the age of the children).
How quickly must a daycare advise me of my child's injury or trip to the doctor?State law mandates that daycare staff must immediately telephone a parent when a child is seriously ill or injured and requires medical treatment (WAC 170-295-7060).
Can I report my child's injury to the state?Yes. Although daycares are required to report injuries to the State (WAC 170-295-7060), you can also report an injury or make a complaint against a child care center by calling the Washington State Department of Early Learning at 1-866-48-CHECK (1-866-482-4325), Option 1.