Daycare abuse claims are sometimes filed after a criminal action has been taken against someone at a daycare facility and sometimes not. There are many reasons that people file these lawsuits and they’re not always the reasons that people tend to think. Here are three facts about daycare abuse claims that you may not know.
Negligence Can Mean Many Things
When daycare child abuse is allowed to continue on, there’s usually someone responsible for not having stopped it. It may have been the administrators who failed to see what was going on, the company that owns the daycare and that didn’t prevent adequately screen employees or it could have been a supervisor that didn’t give their underlings proper instructions. Negligence doesn’t mean a specific type of abuse or a specific action that allowed abuse to go on. Your lawyer will be able to tell whether and how negligence may have played a part in your child being abused.
Awards Are Not Guaranteed After Criminal Cases
Even if someone at the daycare is convicted of criminal abuse, that doesn’t meant that you’ll automatically win a lawsuit against them. It certainly doesn’t hurt your chances, of course, but you still need a daycare abuse law firm that knows how to successfully argue cases to win your claim. There are no circumstances under which you’re entitled to a jury award or a settlement when you file a lawsuit.
The Money for Damages Really Does Help
If you’re one of the people who have been persuaded that lawsuits are about getting rich, you’re not alone. It’s a common misperception. People who win these lawsuits sometimes get enough money to:
- Make up for what they spent at the daycare
- Pay for any medical expenses involved
- Pay for counseling if it’s needed
- Pay for other resources
These lawsuits aren’t just about hurting the daycare company by making them pay a large settlement or jury award, though there may be some justified satisfaction in that on the part of the victims. The point of these lawsuits is to make sure that the family that suffered because of the daycare facility has resources to help them go on and to get whatever they need to heal.
Talk to an attorney if you have reason to file a lawsuit against a daycare for abuse. You may find that you have a good case and could get assistance you very much need.