Daycare Negligence in Florida | What to Know

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If you’re like most parents, your child is the most important thing in your life. However, because most parents work, they are left with no option other than to leave their children at a daycare facility for the day. Though we’d like to think that our daycare facilities would treat our children the way they would want their children treated, unfortunately, this does not always happen. If you believe that your child has been wrongfully harmed at his or her daycare, our firm can help. Continue reading and contact our knowledgeable Jacksonville personal injury lawyers to learn more about daycare negligence and what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is a daycare liability clause?

It is not uncommon for a daycare facility to ask parents to sign a daycare liability clause before enrolling their child in the daycare. This is, in many ways, rather underhanded, as it essentially waives the daycare’s liability, should something happen to your child at the daycare. Fortunately, you are not required to sign this document. That being said, even if you did sign such a document and we can prove that your child was harmed due to the daycare’s neglect or abuse, there is a very good chance that you will still have a valid claim against that daycare. Our legal team is here to help bring the liable party to justice.

How can I tell if my child’s daycare is negligent?

As a parent, it is critical that you keep a close eye on your child’s daycare to ensure they are not neglectful. Some of the most common types of daycare negligence are as follows:

  • Having contaminated tap water, unbreathable air, or spoiled food. Everyone deserves clean and fresh food and water, and if your daycare is feeding harmful foods or drinks to your child and he or she becomes seriously ill as a result, you may have a claim. Additionally, daycares should have clean air, meaning, for example, they should be free of disturbed asbestos.
  • Having unsafe playground equipment. Playground equipment should never be rusty, and it should be routinely inspected for safety. When playground equipment breaks because it was long past due for maintenance and results in an injury, we may hold the daycare liable.
  • Daycare staff leaving certain hazards around young children. For example, cleaning products may be mistaken for drinks and accidentally consumed if left in an accessible spot. Paper clips can pose a choking hazard for very young children, scissors also frequently pose danger to young children, etc. These materials must be kept out of reach at all times.

Additionally, if you notice your child is losing weight or is constantly complaining of hunger or thirst after leaving daycare, or if your child is returning from daycare with unexplained bruises, he or she may be a victim of daycare abuse. No matter your circumstances, if your child has been harmed at daycare, the time to act is now, and we are here to help.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Ansbacher Law is comprised of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. We understand the urgency of your personal injury claim and additional legal matters, which is why we provide each of our clients with compassionate and efficient legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.