Falling off a bike, playing sports, or bouncing off a trampoline are all ways that children regularly break bones. These injuries are just part of being a kid. They are painful and inconvenient, but they happen.
What should never happen is a child suffering a broken bone injury because of a daycare’s negligence.
Three Ways Daycare Negligence Can Cause Broken Bone Injuries
Even absent purposeful abuse that is done with the intent to hurt a child, a daycare facility may be legally responsible for a child’s broken bone injury. Specifically, the daycare may be liable if the daycare or an individual staff member was negligent and that negligence caused the child’s injury. This could happen, for example, if:
- The daycare was insufficiently staffed. If there were not enough staff members to safely care for the number of children and an accident occurred, then the daycare could be responsible for any resulting injuries.
- The daycare staff failed to supervise the children appropriately. If staff members were not watching the children and were instead distracted by their phones, personal conversations, or other things, then the daycare could be responsible for any accidents that result in injuries.
- The playground equipment was unsafe. If the playground equipment did not meet state or industry standards and a defect caused a child to fall and break a bone then the daycare could be liable for the accident injuries if the daycare knew or should have known about the problem.
Additionally, a child may suffer from unnecessary pain and complications if daycare staff fail to recognize a broken bone injury and get the child immediate medical attention.
Broken Bone Injuries Are Serious Injuries for Children
A broken bone injury can:
- Impact a bone’s growth plate. This can affect the shape of the bone as it grows and cause a permanent deformity if it is not promptly treated.
- Be very painful. Depending on the location of the break and the complexity of the break, your child may be in significant pain because of the injury.
While you can’t go back and prevent your child’s injury, there are two things that you can do now to help your child recover. First, you can consult with your pediatrician and a pediatric orthopedic specialist to make sure that your child gets the right medical care to minimize his current pain and future complications.
Then, you can talk to our experienced team of personal injury lawyers who will investigate what happened at your child’s daycare and whether the daycare may be liable for your child’s injuries. If the daycare was negligent and that negligence resulted in your baby’s broken bone, then we will do everything that we can do to get your child a full and fair recovery. To learn more about how a daycare injury case works, please read our FREE report, A Parent’s Guide to Daycare Injury Cases: How to Obtain Justice When a Kentucky Daycare Facility Harms Your Child, and contact us directly for a free, no-obligation consultation.