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Daycare Injuries

Austin Daycare Injury Lawyers

Dedicated Legal Representation for Your Child’s Recovery

For many families, daycare is a fact of life. With two parents working in the majority of American households, finding quality childcare is a challenge shared by many of us. Approximately two-thirds of mothers with young children work, leaving their kids to be cared for by someone other than family—that’s more than 8 million kids, or roughly 40 percent of all children under five.

Sadly, many daycare providers fail to deliver quality care, and some are downright dangerous. A study by the National Institute of Child Health Development found that most daycare operations could only be considered poor to fair, with only one in ten providing good quality childcare. Only a third of the children in daycare are in facilities that meet the preferred ratio of one caregiver got every three children between the ages of six months and a year-and-a-half. As a result, neglect and abuse of children are not uncommon.

A daycare facility, whether a center or a daycare home, owes a duty of care to the children it cares for and their families. If that duty is breached, they can be held liable in a civil court action for any damages to the child and family. If your child has suffered from neglect or abuse in a daycare setting, contact the Austin daycare injury attorneys at Briggle & Polan, PLLC. We believe in justice for everyone, but especially for young children who are so vulnerable.

Was your child injured while in the care of a daycare facility? Reach us online or by phone at (512) 400-3278 to request your free consultation. Se habla español.

Types of Abuse Occurring in Texas Daycare Centers & Homes

Maltreatment of children in daycare can take many forms, including:

  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse (spanking, shoving, shaking, pinching, hair-pulling, scratching, and more)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse (name-calling, humiliation, shaming, etc.)
  • Failure to supervise

Heatstroke Deaths in Daycare Vehicles

Children in Texas, a southern state with a hot climate during many parts of the year, are especially vulnerable to heatstroke if they are forgotten and left in a closed vehicle. Deaths have occurred, some in daycare vehicles. Between 1998 and 2015, 661 children died nationwide of hyperthermia after being left in hot vehicles, some belonging to daycare centers—an average of 37 children per year. Texas leads the nation in the total number of child hot car deaths. At least 96 children died in Texas from vehicular heatstroke since 1998.

When a heatstroke death occurs in a daycare vehicle, as it sometimes does, it falls under the category of neglect. These cases are tragic, and no amount of money can adequately compensate for the loss of a child; but when children die or suffer injuries in daycare, it is important to hold the responsible party liable, both criminally and civilly. Many families find that doing so helps them to achieve closure in the face of these unspeakable tragedies.

Recognizing Daycare Abuse

Children often suffer minor bruises and scrapes in the course of normal play, and these do not necessarily indicate that abuse or neglect has occurred. However, the caregiver or director of the center should be able to explain what caused these injuries. If you ask and get an evasive answer, it is a red flag. Another red flag is when a center discourages or does not allow parents to drop in unannounced.

Take a photo of any significant injury you notice and discuss it with the person in charge. If the injury to the child is more serious and requires medical treatment, the center is required by law to file a report with the child care licensing. Ask for a copy of the report. If you do not receive it, make a report yourself.

Watch for Warning Signs of Abuse

Sometimes the signs of daycare abuse are not so obvious, especially in cases of sexual abuse. While not common, sexual abuse can be devastating to children and their families and will often have life-long repercussions.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children lists warning signs that might indicate abuse:

  • Behavior changes or severe mood swings
  • Uncharacteristic aggression or rebelliousness
  • Bed-wetting, nightmares, and other sleep disturbances
  • Acting out of sexual activity or showing an interest in sexual matters that is not age-appropriate
  • Behavioral regression
  • Any new behavior problems
  • Wetting, soiling, or any regression in toilet training
  • Fear of going to the daycare center or of certain people or areas of the center

Help Is Available; Contact Briggle & Polan, PLLC Today

It may not be possible for most families to avoid the necessity of putting their young children in daycare, but every parent should be diligent and alert to possible problems. If you believe your child has been neglected, injured, or abused in a daycare setting, call Briggle & Polan, PLLC to arrange a free consultation. If our investigation shows that your concern is valid, our experienced Austin daycare injury attorneys will guide you through the legal process and pursue an award of money for your child. Together, we can reduce daycare abuse and improve the quality of child care in Texas by holding negligent and unscrupulous daycare providers responsible for the harm they’ve caused innocent children.

Don’t wait. Protect your child and others by calling (512) 400-3278 today. The consultation is free.

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    “This is the one company that would take on my case after being rejected by two other law firms. After pursuing the insurance company, they were able to get the full amount.”

    - Sandi
  • I couldn’t be happier with the services they provided.

    “They were very patient and thorough when explaining the process of settling my car accident claim, and worked with all the medical providers and insurance companies involved to ensure I got the care that I deserved.”

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We've Recovered Millions

  • $1.5 Million Work Accident Caused Brain Injury

    Our client was thrown off the back of a work truck, which fractured his skull and caused him to suffer a traumatic brain injury. *Net proceeds to the client were $900,052.11.

  • $1.3 Million Hit By Drunk Driver

    Our client was run over by a drunk driver operating a company truck late at night which required multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation. *Net proceeds to our client were $571,000.00.

  • $1 Million Rear-End Collision Resolved

    Our client was rear-ended by an insurance adjuster in a commercial vehicle causing severe back and neck injuries. *Net to the client was $346,766.03.

  • $450 Thousand DWI Wreck Resolved

    Our client was rear-ended by a drunk driver, which injured his back and neck. *Net proceeds to the client were $229,040.12.

  • $450 Thousand 18 Wheeler Rollover Resolved

    Our client was an employee working for a company in Montana when he was injured in a rollover collision with an 18-wheeler. *Net to the client was $214,573.81.

  • $400 Thousand Defective Tire Case With Co-Counsel

    A man driving a cement truck was injured when his tire blew out and the cement truck rolled over. *Net to the client was $123,916.22.

  • $350 Thousand Distracted Driver Accident

    Our client suffered a ruptured abdomen after being violently rear-ended by a distracted driver. *Net proceeds to the client was $134,418.06.

  • $295 Thousand 18-Wheeler Accident

    Our client was sideswiped by the driver of an 18-wheeler, causing his vehicle to fly off the road and strike a telephone pole. *The net proceeds to the client were $127,018.03.

  • $285 Thousand 18-Wheeler Accident

    Our client was hit by an 18-wheeler when it made an unsafe lane change, suffering a low-back injury. *Attorney fees & expenses were $126,436.47

  • $283.7 Thousand T-Boned in Intersection

    Our client was involved in a car accident in Las Cruces, New Mexico and severely injured her arm in the crash. *Net proceeds to our client were $123,133.07.

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