When parents entrust their children to a daycare center, they do so with the belief that these caretakers will make responsible decisions and have the proper training. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, leading to these employees failing to provide safe and appropriate care for the children they watch over. In this situation a child may be left with serious physical injuries as well as substantial psychological and emotional harm.
In many cases, a child will not speak up about the abuse or neglect they are being subjected to. As such, it is important to know what signs to look for that may indicate a child is being neglected at a daycare.
What Does Daycare Negligence Look Like?
There are some signs that a child may be being abused or neglected at their daycare. While daycare employees cannot prevent all injuries, particularly those that may reasonably affect children, they should do their best to provide a safe environment for the child. The following may be evidence that this responsibility is not being met:
- Cuts, scratches, burns, or scars that a child cannot or refuses to explain
- Unusual emotional distance
- Unusual aggressiveness, especially when playing with other children
- Hunger or thirst beyond what is reasonable to expect for a child
In addition, parents may hear strange or cryptic statements from a child who is being abused, but may be too afraid to speak outright about their situation.
If your child has been mistreated by a daycare employee, you may be entitled to fight for just compensation for the egregious misdeeds of that caretaker. To learn more about how our legal team at the Cottrell Law Office may be able to help you through this process, get in touch at 800-364-8305.