Choosing a daycare for your child is one of the most difficult decisions parents must make. While you need to consider practical issues like the hours the daycare is open and the cost, the most important thing is making sure the daycare is safe for your child. In too many tragic cases, daycares make mistakes and children and families suffer. If a daycare fails to live up to its obligation to your child, taking legal action is important to get injury costs covered, get your child the necessary medical help, and hold the daycare accountable. A North Carolina child care accident attorney at Auger & Auger can provide you with advice, legal representation, and strong advocacy in holding a daycare accountable. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you in getting compensation for your losses and to get answers to key questions including:
What types of daycare accidents can occur?
What are a daycare center’s obligations to parents and children?
How can a North Carolina child care accident attorney help?
What Types of Daycare Accidents Can Occur?
Daycare accidents can take many different forms, with some common accident types including:
Falls, including falls from a playground or a changing table
Accidents due to a staff member’s negligence
Bathroom accidents due to improper supervision
Hands and fingers becoming caught in doors or drawers
Children consuming something poisonous
Whenever an incident occurs in which a child is harmed, parents should speak with a child care accident attorney in North Carolina about whether the daycare center should be held responsible. If the care center or any staff members provided substandard care, this can lead to liability on the part of the daycare provider.
What are the Obligations a Daycare Center has to Parents and Children in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, the operator of a daycare facility must complete a licensing workshop with the Division of Child before becoming licensed to operate. During the pre-licensing phase, an operator must meet with a consultant to review child care laws, floor plans of the intended facility, forms and paperwork for the facility to use, and other guidelines. Once an operator attempts to meet all the initial requirements, an operator will be issued a license, given a provisional license, or denied. If the daycare is approved, the Department will visit the center two times per year unannounced in order to ensure compliance with state laws. There are very strict rules regarding staff-child ratios, as well as safety requirements for both indoor and outdoor environments. Daycare centers also have a general obligation to provide appropriate care to children so they don’t come to harm. Despite a daycare center’s obligations, most child care injuries happen when the children are not being adequately supervised or are in unsafe environments. Daycare centers can be held responsible for violating state law or for being unreasonably careless in any manner when it comes to a child’s safety.
How Can a North Carolina Child Care Accident Attorney Help?
If your child was injured while under the supervision of a day care facility, you may have the right under North Carolina to law to file a civil suit against the center. At Auger & Auger, our dedicated legal team will investigate the accident, the facility, and the employees to determine fault. If negligence on behalf of the day care center was involved, you could receive compensation for your child’s injury, past, present and future medical treatment and bills, therapy, and pain and suffering. We know that your child’s welfare is the most important thing, and our legal team has more than two decades of experience fighting for the rights of children and families. Contact a North Carolina child care accident attorney at Auger & Auger today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can bring our legal experience to your case to help you get the compensation you deserve after your child suffered harm.
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