We understand the violation of trust that a parent feels when a child suffers a serious injury as a result of abuse, neglect, or negligence of a child care facility. More importantly, we have a successful track record of obtaining justice on behalf of injured children and their families.What Rules Must a Child Care Facility Follow?
There are special regulations that apply to child care facilities, depending on the type of facility:
- Family Daycare Homes (3 to 6 children);
- Group Daycare Homes (7 to 18 children); and
- Child Care Learning Centers (19 or more children).
Each type of facility has its own special set of regulations. Bright From the Start is the state agency who regulates these facilities. (For a full set of the regulations, click http://decal.ga.gov/ChildCareServices/RulesAndRegulations.aspx.)Will a State Agency Investigate My Child’s Injury?
Yes. If a child is injured at a child care facility, the facility is required to report such injury to Bright From the Start. If the facility fails to report the injury, the parent may do so. Bright From the Start will perform an investigation, which usually includes interviewing teachers, children and other witnesses. At the conclusion of the investigation, Bright From the Start will make a determination about any violations or other issues revealed by the investigation.
Typically, the investigators will look for violations that may include the following:
- Lack of appropriate cushioning material under and around playground equipment;
- Lack of the appropriate teacher/student ratio;
- Lack of appropriate training for the employees;
- Presence of dangerous equipment within reach of children at the facility, such as bottle warmers, cooking/heating equipment, etc...; or
- Failure to follow the proper safety procedures.
Our firm routinely makes contact with the Bright From the Start investigator early in the stages of investigation. The investigator can prove to be a valuable witness at the trial of the case. Further, we thoroughly investigate each daycare facility’s history of complaints, injuries and prior violations to determine any pattern of neglect or abuse. Finally, we are intimately familiar with the regulations and safety requirements for each type of child care facility.
Yes. A parent of the injured child may obtain a copy of the investigation report by filing an Open Records Request and/or providing the appropriate releases to Bright From the Start.
In sum, we have vast experience and knowledge of the state regulations and how they may apply to your child’s injury. Mr. Hall would enjoy the opportunity to meet with you to discuss what options you have available. As always, our initial consultation is free of charge and no obligation. Even if you do not bring a claim relating to your child’s injury, you will leave the meeting with a full understanding of your legal options.