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How to Build a Strong Daycare Negligence Case

Steve Wagner

How To Handle Your Child Being Injured at a Daycare Center

A 5-year-old Arkansas boy recently died after he was left in a day care van all day. The boy may have been asleep when the van arrived at the day care early on a June Monday and never got off the van, which remained in the parking lot since 7 a.m., Arkansas, police said. The child was found dead in his booster seat hours later around 3 p.m., police said.

Sadly, this story is just one of many that Americans continue to read about on social media and see on the daily news. Leaving a child in the care of a sitter or a daycare facility is a decision that needs to be made with caution, care and diligent research. Parents need to take the extra precautions of interviewing and examining facilities carefully before leaving their child in the hands of caregivers at any type of daycare or babysitting facility.

Be Thorough, Take Extra Precautions

With discrepancies in daycare laws and inconsistent certifications required for different types of childcare facilities, it is always advisable to be more than thorough before placing your child under the care of any facility.

With the risk of burns, drownings, falls and poisonings, children need to be watched and protected. When children are not adequately supervised, injuries and even death are bound to occur. Many of the injuries and deaths that have occurred recently have happened at church daycare centers, or ministry daycares, those that are operated independently of state requirements and inspections.

Identifying Daycare Negligence

If your child has been injured at a daycare center in Indiana, the first step should be to obtain a clear understanding of what happened with your child. State and local agencies will investigate serious accidents and will make a finding agency feels is appropriate under the circumstances. The timing can be lengthy for a report from the agency. In the meantime, do your own work and ask for names of every person who may know about the accident and write down those names and that you were told that is not included in the written report. Keeping notes of your conversations with employees of the daycare center will help retain the information should be necessary later on.

Documenting the injuries with photographs or videos can also be an important step in showing the impact of the injury on the child. Likewise, it is very important that someone keep track of the medical treatment providers who help your child. For that reason, we suggest you keep a log of the medical providers you see and what they did for your injured child. Also, keep track of your child’s recovery process as it usually if the parents and doctors who testify about the trauma and recovery in court.

Getting Results For Your Loved Ones

Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your daycare negligence or childcare injury claim with years of experience and proven results. Call the Indianapolis law firm of Wagner Reese today (888) 204-8440 for your FREE consultation!


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