Child abuse is one of the worst violations of trust a parent can experience. As a parent, you trust that your child’s school and their teachers have your son or daughter’s best interests at heart, and that they will do everything in their power to protect them from harm. Unfortunately, some kindergarten teachers use their position of power to physically or sexually abuse vulnerable children.
Do you suspect that your child was abused by their kindergarten teacher? Call Rasansky Law Firm today at 1-877-403-9378 to discuss the facts of your case and determine the legal options available to your family at no charge.
First off, it is important to note that this kind of abuse can have long-lasting and long-reaching consequences which may require counseling and/or therapy. While this can be a considerable expense for many families, it’s also important to note that a daycare abuse attorney may be able to secure compensation from the school to cover these (and other) related damages.
Child abuse is a multifaceted problem, and many types of abuse do not result in obvious signs of physical injury. Children of a young age will often find it hard to communicate to you that they are being abused, particularly when they are being intimidated by their abuser. As a parent, it is important to know the signs of child abuse, as well as what to do if you suspect that your child may be showing symptoms of abuse.
Abuse can manifest itself in the following ways:
It is important to have a safety talk with your child about what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Should they feel uncomfortable in the presence of an adult who is charged with caring for them, let them know that they should tell you immediately, and that they will NEVER get in trouble for tattling on an adult.
One of the hallmarks of abuse in kindergarten-aged children is a sudden change in behavior. If your child seems suddenly withdrawn, shy or quiet (if they were outgoing prior to this change), you need to understand what this could mean, and have a very serious conversation in order to find out what may have led to this sudden behavioral change.
Here are some of the warning signs that you should pay attention to:
- Sudden aggressive behavior, such as lashing out at home.
- Sudden withdrawn behavior.
- Waking up in the middle of the night due to nightmares or night terrors.
- Strange marks or bruises on the child’s body (especially if they do not go away).
- Excessive crying, bed wetting, thumb sucking, or other regressive behavior.
- Sexualized behavior or interest in genitalia.
- Crying and refusing to go back to school.
While you may suspect that your child is being abused, proving that their teacher has committed child abuse can be a difficult task. We as a firm will have to carry out extensive investigations, collect evidence, interview workers and even serve the school with a document which will enable us to view security footage that may have caught the abuse on tape.
All these things take time and resources, and without an attorney on your side who has handled similar cases in the past, you are at a serious disadvantage. Building a strong case is vital, and will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation your family deserves. In addition, filing a lawsuit will act as a deterrent for many would-be abusers, and will force schools to enact measures to keep teachers from harming their students in the future.
Call us today at 1-877-403-9378 or fill out the contact form on this page for your free consultation, and let us answer your questions for no charge. If we can help with your case, we’ll even do so on contingency (if we don’t win, you don’t pay).