Daycare abuse can have a devastating impact on families. Its worst effects, of course, are upon the children who suffer the abuse directly. The entire family, however, can be traumatized by these incidents and, because of that, there is sometimes an option for families to file a lawsuit against the abusive daycare facility. This relies on an attorney being able to establish that negligence was a factor in the abuse.
1: Negligence and Injuries
Negligence means not living up to the expectations a reasonable person would place on someone who fills the role of the person guilty of negligence. They can also mean not taking an action that could have prevented injury or taking an action that caused injury. Your attorney will have to establish this.
2: Injuries from Abuse
Injuries can be psychological or physical. In most cases, children who are abuse daycare facilities will suffer some physical injuries. The psychological injuries can take longer to heal and can be just as devastating as physical injuries. Your attorney will make certain that you are represented in all regards, including in terms of being able to seek compensation for the physical injuries your child suffered as well as psychological injuries.
Your attorney may encourage you to seek out compensation for the physical and psychological injuries or just one or the other. They will help you to determine how much money you should seek in compensation. In order to sue, you do have to have a figure set that you’re trying to seek from the defendant. It can be difficult to put a price tag on these types of injuries but your attorney will help you to determine a fair number to seeking compensation.
When you go to court, the jury will determine whether or not you receive some, all or none of the award you’re seeking. You may be offered a settlement by the other party. Make certain that you don’t speak with the other party without your attorney present. Daycare child abuse cases sometimes end up in large amounts of compensation for the victims. Your daycare abuse lawyer will be able to help you to determine whether the other party is offering what amounts to a fair settlement or if they’re just trying to pay you off to avoid having to pay a much larger jury award in the event that the case went to trial.