Alabama Daycare Negligence Attorneys
Daycare Negligence & Abuse
When you entrust your child to a daycare facility or professional caregiver, you have the right to expect that they will provide the highest level of supervision and care. Sadly, daycare neglect is shockingly common throughout the United States, with studies finding that thousands of daycares fail to adequately provide for children in their care every year.
Contact Our Daycare Negligence Lawyer
If you believe that your child was injured or harmed due to daycare negligence or abuse, turn to Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law. Our Alabama daycare negligence attorneys are prepared to seek justice on behalf of your child, even if that means going to trial. Since our founding in 1991, we have recovered over $1 billion in compensation for our clients, including many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts.
Examples of Daycare Abuse & Negligence
Daycare abuse and neglect can take many forms. It is important that you are aware of the different types of daycare negligence so that you can take immediate action at the first sign that something is wrong.
Examples of daycare negligence include:
- Improper supervision or failure to supervise children
- Unsafe premises or conditions, such as small items in children’s reach or defective playground equipment
- Failure to properly provide for children’s special dietary needs
- Poor child-to-caregiver ratio (i.e., too few staff members to adequately care for children)
- Improper or negligent screening, hiring, or training of daycare employees
These and other forms of negligence can lead to serious accidents, such as falls, poisoning, choking, harmful exposure, child-on-child incidents, allergic reactions, illnesses, and more. Children may suffer a wide range of injuries, from cuts, scrapes, and bruises to broken bones, head and brain injuries, internal injuries, and even accidental death.
As a parent or guardian, it is important that you know the signs of daycare abuse and neglect. Unexplained injuries (including injuries of a sexual nature), unclean or unsanitary facilities, very few caregivers supervising large groups of children, and other signs can all indicate negligence.
Proving a Daycare Negligence Claim
Like other types of negligence claims, there are several elements of your daycare negligence claim you must prove in order to successfully recover a settlement or jury verdict.
To prove a daycare negligence claim, you must establish the following:
- Duty of Care: First, you must prove that the facility or caregiver owed a duty of care to your child. This means that they had a responsibility to provide adequate supervision and care to prevent foreseeable injury. Typically, establishing that your child attended the daycare is sufficient in proving the duty of care.
- Breach: Next, you must prove that the facility or caregiver breached the duty of care (or failed to uphold it). This typically involves proving that the facility or caregiver acted negligently or wrongfully in some way. For example, security cameras may prove that the caregiver was looking at a cellphone rather than watching children when an accident occurred.
- Injury: To have a claim, you will also need to prove that your child was injured, leading to specific damages. Examples of damages in a daycare negligence case might include medical bills related to treatment for your child’s injuries, lost income or wages as a result of you taking off work to get your child medical attention, and pain and suffering.
- Causation: Lastly, to have a case, you will need to prove causation, meaning you will need to prove that the facility or caregiver’s negligent or wrongful conduct was the cause of your child’s injuries. This may be direct (i.e., the caregiver directly caused your child’s injury) or proximate (i.e., the caregiver’s negligence indirectly led to your child’s injuries).
At Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law, our Alabama daycare negligence lawyers have extensive experience proving these claims and building powerful cases for our clients. We understand just how difficult and sensitive these claims are, and we are ready to fight for the justice you and your child deserve.
How Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law Can Help
For more than 30 years, our firm has been representing the rights of children and their families throughout the state of Alabama. We have access to extensive resources and teams of experts who help us establish negligence and prove our clients’ cases. Our attorneys are prepared to handle every legal detail so that you can focus on your child’s recovery.
There is no case too complex or too challenging for our team. If you believe your child is the victim of daycare negligence in Alexander City, Birmingham, or any of the surrounding areas, do not hesitate to contact Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law to learn how we can help. There are absolutely no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Contact our lawyer for daycare negligence today!
What should I do if my child was injured at daycare?
First, seek medical attention on behalf of your child. Make sure that he or she gets the care he or she needs, then report the injury or incident to the daycare facility. You should always ask for and fill out an incident report. This can serve as valuable evidence for a future negligence claim. Try to get as much information as possible and document/preserve any available evidence. Take pictures of your child’s injuries and talk to any witnesses who may have seen what happened. You should also report any suspected daycare abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities. Lastly, you will want to call an experienced attorney who can help you seek justice and fair compensation for your damages, as well as losses experienced by your child. If you believe your child may have been injured due to daycare negligence, contact Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law right away.
How do I report daycare abuse or neglect in Alabama?
If you witness abuse or suspect that any child or person is in immediate and imminent danger, call 911. In other instances, you can report daycare abuse or neglect to the daycare itself and/or the appropriate authorities. In Alabama, you should report daycare abuse and neglect to a local law enforcement agency or the County Department of Human Resources. If you are not sure how to get started, contact your local police department. The police can assist you in filing a report and will begin an investigation into the suspected abuse or neglect.
Can I sue a daycare if my child was injured?
In some cases, yes, you may sue a daycare facility or caregiver if your child was injured. To have a case, you must prove that your child was injured as a result of negligence. In other words, you will need to prove that the daycare or a specific caregiver was negligent or acted wrongfully, leading to your child’s injuries. If you think your child’s injuries could have been prevented, you may have a case.
How long do I have to sue a daycare for negligence?
In Alabama, you have two years from the date of injury to file a negligence-based lawsuit. If more than two years passes and you fail to sue the daycare, you will almost certainly lose your right to seek damages. There are some exceptions, including cases involving minors and cases in which an injury is not immediately discovered; we recommend that you contact our team at Morris Haynes Attorneys at Law right away for a free, no-obligation consultation.