What to Know About Daycare Negligence in NJ

If your child was injured as a result of a negligent daycare, you may want to consider your legal options. Continue reading and reach out to our legal team today to speak with our skilled Essex County personal injury attorneys.

What is a daycare liability clause?

In most cases, when registering your child in daycare, the daycare will try to get you to sign a daycare liability clause. The main purpose of this clause is to get you to waive your right to seek legal action against the daycare if anything bad occurs to your child. You will want to recognize that you do not have to sign this clause, however, if you have already signed a clause and you think your child was harmed because of the daycare’s negligence, there is a very high probability that you can still seek legal action against that daycare for your child’s right to compensation. Because of this, these lawsuits are rarely easy to win, which is why you should hire the services of our skilled attorneys who can collect and present all the evidence required to meet the burden of proof.

What are examples of daycare negligence?

Some of the most common examples of daycare negligence include, and are not limited to, the following:

  • Small objects are left around the property. Daycares are bound by law to keep potential choking or toxic substances out of a child’s reach at all times.
  • If your child seems to be losing a significant amount of weight or seems hungrier than usual, they may be malnourished if they are not provided sufficient amounts of food at daycare.
  • Broken glass, rusted playground equipment, mold, or other hazardous property conditions.

What steps should I take if my child has been harmed at daycare?

If your child is hurt as a result of daycare negligence, you should take the following steps:

  • Document the scene: If you are able, take photos and videos of the negligent conditions that caused your child to become injured.
  • Document the injuries: Be sure to take pictures and videos of your child’s injuries.
  • Seek medical attention: Taking photos of the injuries may not be enough. It is important to take your child to a doctor right away. A doctor will ensure that your child’s injuries are properly treated, while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of the injuries. Medical documents can play a large role when it comes to a personal injury case.
  • Contact an attorney: An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain additional evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, and more.

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