Many parents turn to daycare centers for help with their young children. With two busy parents, and especially with single parents, daycare centers offer an easy option for young children to spend their days so that parents can continue to work. Sending your children to daycare is often not an easy thing, especially when they are so young. However, we pay good money to daycare centers to guarantee the health and well-being of our children. It is therefore devastating to discover that the daycare center in which we placed our trust, led to our child’s injuries.
Children are prone to receive injuries at any location, from your backyard to the playground, to the daycare center. However, there is a difference between unavoidable childhood injuries and injuries caused by the negligence of caretakers so if your child was injured at daycare in Virginia and you suspect negligence, you should reach out to a compassionate Richmond daycare injury lawyer. Parents pay steep prices to daycare centers for the assurance that their children will be well taken care of throughout the day. Any deviation from the normal protocol could lead to liability. Negligent daycare supervision can be found to occur if the employee deviates from what a reasonable daycare employee would have done in a similar situation.
Standard childhood injuries include the ordinary bumps and bruises, possible a scrape that requires stitches. However, broken bones and severe contusions are often the results of negligent oversight. Daycare injuries can result from both negligent employee behavior and negligent behavior on the part of the daycare center in the upkeep of their equipment. Jungle gyms and swings can quickly rust over, making the equipment dangerous for children to crawl upon or use. A rusted, loose screw on a swing set could have devastating repercussions on a child. A claim filed by your Richmond personal injury lawyer for the resulting injuries will carefully consider all the facts of the accident, including what caused the accident and whether the injuries could have been prevented by the actions of a reasonable employee or daycare center.
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Three Long-Term Consequences Parents Face Following a Child Injury in Virginia
One of the most common types of child injuries in Richmond is an injury of the brain. These can come about after an auto accident caused a blow to the child’s head, an accident on the playground where a child fell wrong, or from water accidents where the child was unable to breathe for an extended period of time. Regardless of how the child’s injury occurred, the consequences can be devastating.
Anytime the brain is damaged whether from traumatic force or lack of oxygen, the results are scary. This is especially true for the developing brains of children. The following are some of the long-term consequences parents have to face after a Virginia child injury involving the brain:
- Cognitive deficits. After a traumatic injury to the brain, children often have difficulty remembering certain things, focusing or concentrating on their schoolwork, or paying attention during certain activities. This long-term effect can leave parents needing to hire a tutor or find alternative forms of education that will make learning easier.
- Behavioral changes. Irritability, anxiety, and depression are also common results of a child’s brain injury in Virginia. Because your child is unable to control her behavior as well as she may have in the past, she may act inappropriately more often. Some children demonstrate obsessive or violent behavior after a traumatic brain injury, making it difficult for parents to keep them under control.
- Emotional strains. Sometimes, a child’s injury takes longer than originally expected to heal, or may even lead to permanent damage. When this happens, emotions in a family can run high. Emotional stress can also have a long-term effect leading to difficulty coping with the injury for the parents, the child, and other members of the household.
If your child has experienced a brain injury, it is important to get help. Contact us today for more information about how our legal team of child injury lawyers in Richmond can work with you to get the assistance you need to help cope with this unexpected and traumatic situation.
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Personal Injury Claims
As the parent of a child who was severely injured during a daycare accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for damages against the daycare center and against the individual caretaker. For more information specific to your case, consult a knowledgeable Richmond daycare injury attorney. In general, a personal injury claim may include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
Your child’s well-being is often your highest priority as a parent. The thought that you placed them in an unsafe environment can be devastating for any parent. However, it was not your own behavior that caused their injuries, and the responsible parties should be held liable for the resulting injuries to your child and to your family unit. Severe injuries could drastically impact your child’s future and their ability to have a normal life.
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If your child was injured in a daycare accident caused by the negligent supervision of the daycare employees or a hazardous condition in the daycare center, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys at Pendleton Law. We have years of experience in handling personal injury claims and understand the danger that can come from negligent daycare employees. It is important that you bring a claim as soon as possible after the accident occurs, not only for your own reasons but also to protect future injuries from occurring. Call our office at 804-250-5050 today to schedule your free consultation.
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