Millions of parents entrust the care of their children to daycare centers across the nation every day.
Working parents must trust the caretakers of these facilities with the safety and well-being of their children. They drop them off with the belief that the center has implemented all rules and regulations to ensure the safest practices and standard of care.
When that trust has been broken — and your child has been injured as a result — you may be worried about the long-term physical and emotional trauma, as well as how you’ll pay for the medical costs and other damages you have suffered.
If your child was injured at a daycare center and the injuries are due to negligence of the center or staff, as the parents or guardians of the child, you can file a claim to seek to recoup all damages.
It may be time to contact an Atlanta daycare injury lawyer. CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm can help you file a claim to seek to see the maximum compensation possible.
Schedule a 100% free consultation to learn how our experienced personal injury attorneys can assist you with your daycare injury claim.
The CEO Lawyer’s free, confidential case review is designed to help answer your questions and arm you with the knowledge you need to start or continue with the claims process. To schedule your no-obligation case review, contact us online or call (833)254-2923.
How Can an Atlanta Daycare Injury Attorney Help You?
An experienced Atlanta daycare injury attorney can provide expert assistance in your claim to seek compensation for personal injuries or abuse incurred at the daycare facility. It’s a multi-step process requiring knowledge, dedication, and determination to explore and establish all avenues of recovery for damages.
Part of the process includes the ability to prove negligence in your daycare injury case. This may be a difficult task, that a knowledgeable lawyer and legal team can help you prepare for, even when the care facility wants to deny liability or refuses to provide all evidence. Our sole goal is supporting your claim and moving it forward with the with the most optimal legal strategy possible.
Benefits Of Working With The CEO Lawyer
There are many benefits to working with The CEO Lawyer immediately after the injury has occurred, or at any time during your daycare injury claim.
We understand that caring for a child with injuries can be demanding, and it may be overwhelming to simultaneously seek damages from the responsible parties. However, you don’t have to do this alone. CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm is here to help you and your family pursue your legal options.
Some of the many benefits of choosing The CEO Lawyer include providing you with:
A comprehensive case review, and case management with dedicated professionals willing to fight for your rights
A detailed calculation of a fair compensation package, specific to your unique daycare injury claim
Our experience earned from thousands of personal injury cases
Care, compassion, and determination to guide your family through all phases of litigation, potentially including discovery, trial, and punitive damages requests
Negotiation for settlement offers or preparation of a lawsuit on your behalf
Main Causes Of Child Injury In Daycare Centers
With over 3,000 child care centers in the state of Georgia, most centers take care to avoid the accidents and follow safety regulations. However, well-meaning safety measures are not always enough to ensure the welfare of each and every child. Further, some facilities slip on basic safety practices, while others do not properly vet and supervise the employees they hire.
As any parent knows, groups of children playing on their own can often lead to minor injuries — but distracted employees, staff errors, and negligent behavior can create a dangerous environment for young children, leading to severe injuries that may have lifelong ramifications.
Studies show that children in daycare centers that experience minor injuries are more likely to sustain severe injuries, and that children under five years old are the most at-risk age group for severe injuries
Although the state of Georgia has a star rating program to identify childcare centers that met or exceed licensing requirements, the requirements are not fail-proof. Accidents happen, and so our injury attorneys fight to ensure that you can receive compensation from the damages you and your family have endured together.
Different Types Of Daycare Centers
Childcare centers encompass daycare facilities for infants and toddlers, preschools, and before and after school programs. Most daycare facilities are for children under six years of age. However, some offer after-school programs for older children or siblings of daycare participants.
Here are common categories for childcare programs:
Traditional daycare centers — Typically in commercial buildings, where children are grouped by age and can vary in numbers. Interchangeably called child care centers, often with a maximum age of 6 years. Daycare centers may also have an infant center component.
In-home daycare — Where a child care provider has set up a small daycare program in their home
Preschools — Ranging from ages as early as 2 ½ or three years old and continuing until the start of kindergarten or five years old
Before and after school programs — Provide child care during the hours before school starts and after school ends and may also include child care during holidays and over the summer
Nannies or au pair — Sometimes provided via an agency, and often one-on-one care or for three or fewer children total — nannies might live in the home, but even if they are not live-in, they provide full-time child care.
Babysitter or relatives — When a relative or a friend provides child care services in the child’s or caregiver’s home
Minimum Staffing for Daycares in Georgia
Rules and regulations in the state of Georgia stipulate that the maximum ratio of adults to children depends on the age of the child. For example, the allowed ratio the staff to child ratio for two years olds is one adult to up to 10 children.
Infants under one year or any child that is not walking who is under eighteen months of age, the ratio is 1:6
One-year-old walking, the ratio is 1:8
Two years old, the ratio is 1:10
Three-year-olds the ratio is 1:15
Four-year-olds the ratio is 1:18
Five-year-olds the ratio is 1:20
Six-year-olds the ratio is 1:25
As you can see, the number of children under the care of one adult steadily increases as the children grow older until you reach a ratio of one teacher to a maximum of 25 children for a group of six-year-olds. If the daycare center has mixed age groups, then the ratio is calculated according to the youngest participants in the group. Staff-to-child requirements may differ during naptime; when the children are sleeping. At that time there may be only one adult supervising an entire group.
If there has been an incident at your daycare center or childcare facility and you suspect that overcrowding and understaffing may be the cause, it’s important to confirm current local and state regulations for up-to-date information and contact a lawyer.
Common Hazards In Daycare Centers
In childcare centers the most common hazards identified in daycare centers are
Unattended children — Including when a staff member’s attention is drawn away and children are left inadequately unsupervised
Lack of safety protocols — Improper storage of cleaners or toxic substances that are not locked away or stored out of reach
Open stairs — Includes stairwells, entryways, and landings that are not properly blocked from entrance
Wet surfaces — In the case of a spill or after cleaning where the surface might be slippery
Faulty playground equipment — If the playground equipment is old, or if it has not been maintained on schedule or adequately checked for safe use
Hazards stemming from wear and tear — On furniture, or toys where shard edges protrude or small jagged and broken pieces can create a chocking hazard
Motor vehicle accidents — Including accidents that occur in the parking area of the facility
Failure to screen or improperly train employees — When employees don’t follow the rules and regulations or they are hired with little or no experience in child care
What Are the Most Common Daycare Injuries?
The Childcare Safety Network reports that falls in the playground tend to be the most severe and can result in fractures and head injuries. Other common injuries in daycare include:
Lacerations and puncture wounds — Including scratches from broken toys and punctures from equipment that may require stitches
Bites and bruises — Human bites or animal, as well as bruising from falls, strikes, or objects falling from high surfaces
Burns — Pediatric burns on small children can be quite severe and require prolonged medical care and attention to prevent nerve damage or scarring
Bone fractures and dislocations — From falls or falling objects, fractures are often complicated in growing children and can require medical specialists to ensure there is no damage to growth plates, or long-term damage to ligaments, tissues or joints.
Dental injuries — When teeth are broken, or another dental treatment is required for optimal dental health as a result of the daycare injury
Suffocation or choking — Instances where you or your family has experienced the devastating loss of a child due to a fatal incident of suffocation or choking while under care at a daycare center; sadly, choking is a leading cause of death in children ages 14 and under
With proper precautions, many of these injuries can be avoided. However, once in motion, these types of daycare injuries have the potential to cause severe damage that may require emergency pediatric trauma care.
Personal Injury Claims at Daycare Centers in Atlanta
In Georgia, the Residential Child Care Licensing (RCCL) unit inspects, monitors, licenses, and registers a variety of childcare facilities. Their goal is to monitor childcare centers to make sure they follow state statutes and regulations for safe operations. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has established rules and regulations for childcare learning centers.
When childcare providers fail to provide adequate supervision, if there are signs of child abuse, or if your child was injured due to negligent behavior of a staff member at the childcare center, don’t hesitate to contact a daycare accident attorney. An Atlanta daycare injury lawyer can assist you in investigating the incident and seek a claim to restore all damages that your family has suffered.
Steps To Take When Your Child Is Injured At A Daycare Center
Always be sure to take the following steps when you receive a report of an injury or realize that your child has been injured after attending a day care session.
Get medical help — Seek medical attention if the situation requires. In most instances, it is helpful to make sure there are no long-term damages from what might first appear to be a minor incident. It’s better to be cautious and have your child examined by medical professionals.
Ask for an incident report — The Georgia Department of Human Services, under the Office of the Inspector General, requires all childcare centers to file an incident report. They encourage self-filing via an intake form for all registered childcare license holders, and you can ask for a copy of this incident report for your records.
Take pictures and document — It’s always helpful to document any injuries by taking pictures that might later be used as supporting evidence in your claim. It’s also helpful to take note of any witnesses.
Consult An Atlanta Daycare Injury Lawyer
With more than 50% of working parents relying on daycare or childcare services, the childcare industry in the United States is valued at more than $60 billion. It stands to reason that not all of these facilities follow all the rules or have the required staff-to-child ratio 100% of the time. If these types of negligent practices have contributed to your child’s injuries, it’s time to consult an Atlanta daycare injury lawyer.
A breach in the duty of care is a reason to seek representation in an effort to recoup all damages from all at-fault parties — but you must prepared to demonstrate negligence to pursue the full extent of damages. With CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm representing you, you can rest assured that a legal team with deep knowledge of the law is fighting for you and your family.
Get your questions answered on the claims process and start a case review to move forward on the path to a better future. To schedule your free, no-obligation, confidential case review contact us online or call (888) 307-3619.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
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