When you think about your child being dropped off at a daycare center, the odds are pretty good that you won’t be expecting anything to go wrong during the time they are in the care of these professionals. A minor slip and fall may be acceptable when kids are playing around. But what happens when the people you entrust with your child’s safety fail to do their job and the consequences turn into tragedy? Should this be considered as an accident that could not have been avoided, or something a little more sinister, which came about due to negligent supervision?
You Shouldn't Have to Pay for Medical Bills from a Daycare Accident
What needs to be taken into consideration is the fact that your child will not be able to act on their own, in fact, if the parent or guardian chooses to allow the results to go unanswered, the next time the consequences could be a lot more severe. Medical bills can still be a major problem to the parents. This is certainly not the time to be noble and allow the incident to go unanswered. Contact Zimmerman & Frachtman. We're experienced daycare injury lawyers in Florida, ready to help fight for your rights.
Daycare Accident Cases
Consulting with a personal injury attorney for daycare accidents on the grounds that your child was not properly taken care of is your right and should be considered; if only to ensure that you are doing your part to take care of your child. You should always consider the possibility that a minor injury during a negligent incident could extrapolate into something long term for your child. Daycare centers are licensed to provide effective care for children; if they drop the ball taking care of your child, they should be held responsible.
What is The Leading Cause of Injury in Child Care?
In the United States, roughly 8,000 children are treated for fall-related injuries in emergency rooms every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What are the most likely places for falls to occur?
Many injuries are caused by playground equipment, especially slides and monkey bars. Other common fall hazards include:
- Beds without railings
- Elevated landings
- Baby walkers
- Slippery bathtubs
- Cluttered pathways
It is also important to note that while falls are the most common type of injury among kids of all ages, babies and toddlers have a higher risk of falling. It is clear that little humans lack the same level of movement control and balance as older kids and adults. Even though there are numerous best practices for preventing child falls, accidents can still happen in a flash.
Florida Guidelines For Daycare Centers
Daycare centers throughout the state of Florida have strict guidelines that they must follow.
- Every one of those laws demands that the center provides careful and effective supervision for the children under their charge.
- Facilities are also required to provide a sanitary facility for children; one that should be inspected by the authorities and even go so far as to offer water that is always safe to drink and healthy food if necessary.
- If your child attends a daycare facility, make sure that they’re completely licensed and the amount of outdoor square footage is appropriate for the number of children at the facility.
If you have a child harmed in a daycare or playground accident in south Florida cities like Boca Raton, Parkland, Coral Springs, or anywhere else in the region, please don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer with our firm and arrange for a free case review.
Contact Zimmerman & Frachtman
If you believe that your child is not being properly taken care of so much so that negligence is involved, it may be time to seek legal advice. Our Florida daycare accident attorneys can assist in understanding your situation and what legal avenues you may be able to pursue. Call us today: (954) 504-6577
More About Safety Playground Guidelines
The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s handbook has guidelines and advice to reduce playground accidents. Some highlights state that the surface of the playground is shock absorbing. Most surfaces including grass, concrete, dirt, asphalt and wood are not considered good at absorption of impact during falls, especially falls that land on the head. Head injuries account for 75% of all playground injuries. Playgrounds should also be monitored for tripping hazards. These can be defined as a sudden change in elevation. Most commonly these are caused by devices used for anchoring playground equipment or by walls holding loose surface materials like wood chips.
Florida statues code 402.305(6a) states that at least 45 square feet of usable outdoor play area must be available for any child at the center. This section, 402.305(6b), also states that the facility must provide physical activities and equipment appropriate for the age and physical development of the child. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also provides an outline detailing that physical development varies in the physical size and ability of the child. This means that playgrounds need to designed to these differences in term if size and scale.
Childcare professionals should also to react effectively to any kind of playground injury and possible trauma caused by a fall injury. Childcare facilities should also comply with statue code 402.305(7a)which focuses on sanitary and safety conditions, first aid treatment, and emergency procedures. One staff member must also be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Additionally, Florida Administration Code 65C-22.002(4) states that the play area must be kept clear of litter, glass and other safety hazards. Section (9) states that the playground must have protective ground cover to reduce injuries and all equipment in facilities must be free from sharp, broken, or jagged edges. All outdoor equipment must also be able to withstand water damage. As a parent you must be vigilant and aware of playground safety.
If you believe that your child is not being properly taken care of so much so that negligence is involved, it may be time to seek legal advice. Our Florida daycare accident attorneys can assist in understanding your situation and what legal avenues you may be able to pursue. Contact us online or call (954) 504-6577 to learn more during a free, confidential consultation.
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