Types of Daycare Abuse
Daycare abuse is unfortunately a common occurrence throughout the daycare system. This is a terrifying fact to discover as a parent. Most parents are already overwhelmed with guilt at dropping their child off every day (especially when the child cries after each drop off), but the discovery of daycare abuse causes even further anxiety. It is important to keep in mind that any form of daycare abuse was not the result of your decision to place your child in daycare, but is the result of the actions of select individuals. It is important that these individuals be held responsible for their abuse which could have a drastic impact on the future of your child.
Types of Daycare Abuse
Daycare abuse is often either physical or psychological, although both forms can have dire consequences on a child’s future. Any type of daycare abuse could have lasting repercussions on a child’s personality and their ability to interact with others, whether other children or adults. It is therefore extremely important that parents learn to identify early signs of daycare abuse.
Daycare abuse can include the following:
- Pushing, pulling, grabbing, or other types of physical interaction
- Bullying by an employee
- Bullying by another child with the encouragement of an employee
- Child neglect
- Emotional abuse
The instance of emotional abuse on a child is often difficult to determine given the lack of physical scars that occur from the abuse. However, emotional abuse can take a difficult toll on the child and lead to a complete change in personality that could impact them for years to come.
As the parent of a child who has been subjected to daycare abuse, you have several options going forward. It is clear that the employees who were at the heart of the abuse must be held responsible for their behavior. Bringing a claim against both the daycare center and the individual employees will not only encourage the daycare to have better hiring practices and background checks, but will also ensure that the individual employees are held responsible.
In extreme circumstances, a claim may be brought alongside a criminal charge. Both claims may be brought at the same time, although have two separate results. A criminal conviction will force the daycare or daycare employee to be subject to the Texas Penal Code and corresponding penalty schedule. A civil claim for damages will force the daycare or employee to compensate your family for the harm that was caused through the abuse. An experienced attorney will be able to assist you in working alongside a criminal charge as well as throughout the determination of damages your family is entitled to receive as a result of the daycare abuse.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Daycare Abuse Attorney
If your child has been a victim of daycare abuse, do not hesitate to contact Tony Malley of the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in protecting your family’s rights and will work tirelessly to ensure the employees who injured your child are held responsible for their actions. Contact our Houston or Beaumont offices today for your initial free consultation.