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 or daycare facility. More importantly, Mr. Hall is a lawyer with a successful track record of obtaining justice on behalf of injured children and their families in daycare and child care cases. Should you have a child who suffered an injury at a daycare or child care facility, you need a lawyer with knowledge and experience with the regulations governing daycare injuries.What Rules Must a Child Care Facility Follow?
There are special regulations that apply to child injury cases against daycare facilities. The regulations differ 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 daycare 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 your child is injured at a child care or daycare facility, the facility is required to report such injury to Bright From the Start. If the facility fails to report the child's 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 daycare facility. 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.
Once we are hired to handle a case involving a child's injury, a lawyer from our firm 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 injury case. Further, we thoroughly investigate each daycare facility’s history of complaints, injuries to children, 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. If your child suffered an injury at a daycare facility, you will need a lawyer experienced in all of the above.
Yes. A parent of the injured child may obtain a copy of the injury investigation report by filing an Open Records Request and/or providing the appropriate releases to Bright From the Start.
In sum, Mr. Hall is a lawyer with vast experience and knowledge of the Georgia 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 against the daycare for your child’s injury, you will leave the meeting with a full understanding of your legal options. So, if you are looking for an experienced lawyer to handle a personal injury case against a daycare for an injury to your child, please give us a call.