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Physical Abuse

Physical Abuse

Parents often spend weeks, even months, going through the vetting process to enter a daycare after performing weeks of research on the best neighborhood daycare centers. Therefore, it is not surprising how devastating an incidence of daycare abuse can be on a family. An immense sense of guilt often envelopes the parents after they discover their children were victims of daycare abuse at the daycare center they painstakingly picked out. It is important to keep in mind that all daycare abuse is not your fault. The responsible daycare center and its employees should be held liable for their actions.

The direct abuse of a child is often difficult to hide. Parents will become suspect after a few days of continuous bruising. However, some daycare employees are wise enough to attempt to cover their tracks by not leaving a mark. The mark left by physical abuse is not indicative of the abuse – physical abuse can occur even if it does not leave any marks. Parents therefore need to be observant of their child’s behavior and any signs that their child has been physically abused while at the daycare center.

However, it is important to also be mindful of the potential forms of physical abuse which do not necessarily leave marks and other signs. Young children will often not understand the true nature of the abuse and may think it is a normal part of the daily routine. It is therefore important to understand the outward signs of all types of physical abuse.


Daycare physical abuse claims can often be brought concurrently with criminal charges against the individual employee or daycare center. Physical abuse to a child can have severe repercussions in both the criminal court system and the civil court system. An experienced child abuse attorney can assist you in developing your claim, as well as determining the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive as a result of your child’s injuries.

Daycare physical abuse claims will take into consideration the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Ongoing rehabilitative care or treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional damages

While the true impact to your child will often seem difficult to calculate, considering the impact the physical abuse can have on their future, an experienced attorney will be able to assist you in calculating this figure.


If your child has been the victim of physical abuse while at a daycare facility, do not hesitate to contact Tony Malley of the Malley Law Firm. Evidence of physical abuse to your child must be acted upon immediately to ensure the appropriate parties are held responsible for their actions. Contact our Houston and Beaumont offices today for your initial free consultation.



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