An injury to a child can be heart breaking – particularly when that injury is fully preventable, and especially when it happens under someone else's watch. In placing our children in daycare centers and homes, we trust that they'll receive the utmost care. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen, say daycare injury attorneys with Houston's Grossman Law Firm.
Statistically, serious daycare injuries are rare. But just one is one too many when it's your child who's hurt. Among the most common childcare injuries are:
- Playground injuries
- Ingestion of toxins
- Ingestion of known allergens
- Injuries related to unsafe facilities or equipment
Falls are particularly frequent among younger children because of the head-to-body weight ratio in developing bodies. According to the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention traumatic brain injury (TBI), which most commonly results from falls, is the leading cause of death and disability in children and youth. TBI can have devastating lifelong effects on speech, cognitive ability, coordination and mobility, vision and hearing.
Most daycare injuries ultimately are a result of inadequate supervision, particularly of younger children. While experts recommend a ratio of one caregiver for every three infants between six and 18 months old, just one-third of children are in settings that meet that standard in America. Even in adequately staffed facilities, workers can become distracted, placing the children in their care at risk.