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For many, day care is a reality of caring for a young child. Busy schedules, long work days, and unreliable babysitters are just three reasons why more than 11 million American children are in child care programs around the country. For the most part, day care programs are usually very reliable. Licensing and accreditation laws hold day care centers to higher standards of care and accountability. For instance, licensed day care centers have to follow certain guidelines for teacher to child ratios and must have regular background checks. If you are a parent who relies on daycare it is important to place your child in the hands of a licensed care provider. The Texas Early Learning Council has a great online tool for helping parents compare program standards as well as other handy resources. In at three(3) year period 49 Texas children died because of unregulated childcare. Protect your child from unregulated day care centers. Ask if your daycare center is accredited.

Daycare Danger

 

However, even at accredited day care centers, small accidents can turn into big dangers for children. No daycare facility is immune to small lapses in judgment or inattentiveness. In March of 2016, the passing of a three-month old baby captured tragic world headlines. A caregiver left the boy alone for multiple hours while the infant slept. During that time, the infant rolled over, face down on a plastic mattress cover. The boy suffocated and could not be saved. It has been long known that waterproof, plastic covers should not be used on infant mattresses because they are breathing hazards.

The facility was investigated and cited by the Department of Social Services and the State Law Enforcement Division for negligent action that lead to the infant’s death. Yet, despite the boy’s preventable death, the state was unable to hold the facility accountable for any damages. However, a personal injury lawyer can still win damages in civil court where the law is different.

See below Silvia’s testimonial discussing her experience with the Roxell Richards Personal Injury law firm.
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Child Rights and Daycare Responsibility

 

Civil law provides an avenue for the surviving family of a daycare center accident to demand accountability and compensation for the loss or injury of a child. No one is more vulnerable or innocent than a child. This is why we must take precautions when choosing caregivers for our children. It is also important that negligent and inattentive daycare facilities are punished for their actions. As a parent, Roxell Richards stands for the rights of young children and parents.

Many times, fatal accidents occur because of understaffing and negligence. Day Care facilities should have one teacher for every three infants, one teacher for every seven toddlers, and one teacher for every 9 young children. Children that are not given proper supervision can often be hazards to themselves. Similarly, daycare facilities often put children in danger by being negligent. Federal and state law holds daycare centers to certain standards and regular benchmark check ups. Your child’s daycare center should be regularly removing child hazards, providing proper supervision, and maintaining proper emergency plans in the case of an accident. Facilities that do not abide or ignore these rules and regulation can be legally liable in the case of a tragedy.