Summertime is when most kids are out of school, which can be great if at
least one of their parents has time off as well. However, many parents
both work full time during the summer and don’t have the luxury
to look after their kids during the hottest months of the year. As a consequence,
many parents end up putting their children in daycare until the workday is over.
Using a daycare can be a great solution to the problem if you find a daycare
with responsible workers who care for the kids. However, many parents
pick up their children only to find cuts or bruises on them. Many times,
these injuries are typical. Children like to run around and play, and
often they aren’t taking precautions before taking a flying leap
off of a piece of furniture.
The most common types of daycare injuries come from the playground, loose
and falling objects, and bottle warmer burns. The Center for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) estimates more than 200,000 children are injured
on playgrounds every year, which includes serious injuries such as bone
fractures, internal injuries, and concussions. Likewise, children have
a tendency to reach out for things that draw their curiosity, whether
they are fully prepared to carry its weight or not. Bottle warmers that
aren’t looked after properly have a tendency to harm kids who reach
for their bottles and pull on cords or the warmers themselves. Many daycares
warm several bottles at once using slow cookers filled with hot water.
What parents need to be aware of is strange and inexplicable cuts and bruises.
Unintentional daycare injuries are unavoidable, and the more serious ones
include broken bones, head or neck injuries, dental injuries, drowning
or near-drowning, accidental poisoning, burns, and choking or suffocation.
While these are incredibly severe accidents, they cannot all necessarily
all be blamed on negligence on the part of the caretakers. Investigation
into the incidence may be needed to determine whether or not a daycare
worker was negligent in his or her care of your child.
On the other hand, intentional injuries are definitely things parents should
look out for. While less common, they do indicate a problem at the daycare—whether
it’s an overly aggressive child or an abusive daycare worker. Keep
an eye out for unexplained or repeated injuries, or injuries that don’t
make a lot of sense (a bruise in the shape of a hand or object, for example).
If you suspect your child is being abused at the daycare, don’t hesitate
to call the police and investigate the problem. If a caretaker is causing
the injury, he or she should be arrested and charged with child abuse.
You can also call our skilled
Kingston personal injury attorneys about the situation. Our experienced lawyers are dedicated to helping
the victims of negligence or abuse seek compensation for their medical
bills and pain and suffering. Let us see what we can do for you and your family.
Contact us at (845) 340-4878 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation
with us today.