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What is Daycare Negligence?

By Marianne Bartko, Rubenstein Law Attorney

 Who you trust your children to is a very important decision for every parent.

Many of us rely on daycare for supervision and care of our youngest and most vulnerable family member. And yet, sometimes even the most reputable agencies fall short. The smallest or even momentary oversight can result in a serious injury.

It’s imperative that a daycare act with the utmost attentiveness when caring for children. When your child is injured at a daycare or preschool due to negligence or willful conduct, you are entitled to compensation.

All employees of the daycare are responsible for the well-being of your child. A daycare that fails its duty can be liable for injuries your child suffers in a number of ways. This includes the failure to supervise and failure to screen employees. The most common injuries at daycares result from someone failing to supervise. This can occur when there are too many children in the facility or with staff lacking the proper experience.

Injuries may also occur when there are recalled toys or non-age appropriate toys your child is using.

The state of Florida sets requirements for daycares as well as daycare employees. The daycare provider must be 21 years old and caregivers in charge of a group must be at least 18 and undergo a training course approved by the department of health. The state also sets requirements for an appropriate child to staff ratio which varies depending on the age of the children.

The attorneys at Rubenstein Law, care about the safety of your children. If your child has been injured by negligence at a daycare, please call us immediately at 1-800-FL-LEGAL. With offices across Florida, including BrowardMiami-DadeOrlando, and TampaWest Palm Beach, there’s one near you.