Most parents consider their children the most important people in their lives. Entrusting them to someone else’s care can be quite difficult—especially when you hear daycare horror stories. Not only are 76 percent of Ohio daycares experiencing staff shortages, but even fully-staffed facilities can experience problems.
In 2020, one two-year-old was found wandering snowy streets in Sandusky. He escaped from his daycare providers. Worse: he wasn’t the first. Four other children had left the daycare on their own, within the past five years, thanks to insufficient childproofing.
What would happen if one of these children had been injured? If your child has been harmed in a daycare or childcare accident, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can help.
Ohio daycare laws
If your child is injured in a daycare accident, state law requires providers to notify certain parties within prescribed amounts of time. This may change depending on the injury and its severity.
Each daycare is required to fill out an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services “Incident and Injury” report whenever a child becomes ill, or receives an injury which requires first aid treatment. It must be provided to the parent or guardian on the day of the incident. (The parent is not required to sign the form.) Once the form is completed, a copy of the incident report must be retained by the daycare center for at least one year.
What to do when your child is injured
Unfortunately, there were at least 244 unreported incidents in Cuyahoga County in 2019 alone. Just because the law requires daycare and childcare centers to report injuries and illness doesn’t mean that they’ll comply.
If your child was injured at a daycare or a childcare center, you may be entitled to compensation. Childcare providers are held to high standards of care. If your provider was negligent in supervising your child, you could recover damages for your child’s injuries, time you took off work to care for them and more.
To prove that a childcare provider was negligent, you’ll need to show that they had a responsibility to supervise your child, that their action or inaction caused the injury and your child was injured as a result. The best way to determine whether you have a good case for negligent supervision is to talk to the lawyers at the Law Office of Tim Misny: we’ll be glad to review your case and explain your legal options.
Talk to an Ohio personal injury attorney today
Has your child been harmed by negligent childcare supervision? I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (877) 944-4373 so that I can review your case. We may be able to recover compensation for your child’s injuries, your lost wages, pain and suffering and more.