Thousands of families throughout our area rely on day care facilities every week, and parents place a lot of trust in the professionals who watch over their children. While most children are safely returned to their homes, the threat of abuse and negligence in day care facilities remains a consistent problem. It’s important to constantly be aware of any signs that may indicate abuse. Children will often not inform their parents of harm they have suffered, or they may not understand that they are being harmed by the actions of day care staff. If you are aware of abuse, or if you suspect it may be taking place, you must act quickly.
Contact Studinski Law, LLC to speak with an experienced day care abuse lawyer in Wisconsin. You have the right to seek compensation from those who harm you through negligence or malicious acts. Our firm has represented many injury victims, and we understand how to help you through every part of the legal process. Call our office today at (715) 343-2850.
Knowing How to Identify Potential Day Care Abuse
Abuse at day care facilities is all too common. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families reports that hundreds of children are injured every year while at day care facilities. It can be extremely difficult to determine whether some injuries are the result of abuse, negligence, or simple accidents. For this reason, it’s impossible to get accurate child care abuse statistics. Unfortunately, instances of abuse and neglect are frequent.
Parents and guardians of children who attend day care facilities must know how to identify instances of abuse that affect their loved ones. Quickly noticing abuse or neglect can be essential in order to protect the well-being of your child. Every case is different, and therefore parents must consistently be on the lookout for harm that originates at day care. Signs that your child may be a victim of abuse or neglect include:
- Unexplained bruises, cuts, or other injuries;
- Regression on physical milestones such as walking or potty training;
- Becoming socially withdrawn or uncharacteristically quiet;
- Signs of agitation or depression;
- Appearing particularly hungry, dirty, or unkempt when picked up from day care; or
- Exhibiting an unexplained increase in aggressive behavior
Steps That You Should Take if You Believe Your Child May Be Abused at Day Care
We strongly encourage you to act without delay if you feel as though your child may be suffering from abuse. Many cases that we have seen involve long-term abuse sustained by a child. This can happen if the parents do not notice the harm. In these cases, the damage done to a child can be very serious, and the effects can last for many years. Acting quickly to end the abuse and negligence and seeking legal help is important for you and your family.
It’s understandable for anyone to be confused about what steps they should take if they suspect day care abuse. The situation regarding your child’s care can be unclear, and the day care staff may be less than helpful. Steps that we would encourage you to take include:
- Visit your pediatrician: Make sure that your child sees their doctor as soon as possible if you feel that they may be suffering from harm due to the abuse or neglect of a caretaker.
- Contact your lawyer: A skilled lawyer can quickly assess your case and determine the best course of action for you and your family. This may involve building a strong case for damages that the negligent or malicious party may have to pay to the victim of their actions.
- Cooperate with law enforcement: Police may want to investigate your case, and Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Families will want to know about potential day care abuse. Your lawyer can help you work with law enforcement and state officials.
- Keep detailed records: Be sure to keep a timeline of events such as incidents at the day care as well as notes on your child’s injuries and erratic behavior. Keeping a written record that also includes the names of people involved can help you remember details as time goes on.
It’s important to understand that the day care, or their insurance provider, may try and discourage you from reporting any possible abuse. Furthermore, they may try and persuade you from calling a lawyer. Their objective is to keep costs low. They may try and convince you that the abuse didn’t happen or that it was very minor and the situation has been remedied. However, it’s important to act if you believe abuse is going on. Incidents that are ignored often get much worse if the abusive parties are not held responsible. Contacting a lawyer can help you understand your rights and options going forward.
A Lawyer From Studinski Law, LLC Can Help You
An instance of child abuse or neglect can result in life-long consequences. Responsible parents can be suddenly caught off guard when they learn that their child may be the victim of an irresponsible or malicious caretaker. It’s important to act quickly. Your child’s well-being is at stake, and a skilled day care abuse lawyer can help your family through the entire recovery process. Our law firm has helped many families who have sustained harm through no fault of their own. We understand how to gather all relevant evidence and build a strong case for the damages that you and your family deserve.
Contact Studinski Law, LLC to speak with a knowledgeable injury lawyer about any abuse your child may be sustaining at their day care. We know how important it is to quickly address these serious problems. Call our office today at (715) 343-2850.