It’s not uncommon for daycare abuse claims to involve the worst possible kind of violence visited against children. Sexual abusers oftentimes seek out employment in daycare settings because it gives them access to children. Some of them end up having moved around from facility to facility over the years and, if the facilities are not careful about the people that they hire, those abusers end up being able to find employment at different daycare providers located all over the nation. By the time their crimes catch up to them, many children may have fallen victim to their crimes.
Assessing Your Daycare
If you’re wondering whether or not your daycare was negligent in how they handled hiring their employees, you can take a look back at your interactions with them and ask yourself a few questions. One: did they screen personnel before hiring them? Daycare centers generally do take the time to screen their employees thoroughly. Aside from keeping themselves safe from being sued for negligence in the future, it’s simply good practice. If they did not take this measure, they may well be held to have been negligent in court.
Another question you’ll want to ask yourself has to do with whether or not the daycare facility maintained an adequate ratio of workers to children. Having enough workers on staff ensures that none of the workers are given an opportunity to be alone with the children for too long. Abusers will generally try to figure out how they can get a child alone and, if they don’t have the opportunity, the children are much safer because of that.
Third, you will want to make certain that the daycare in question maintained licensing requirements for all of its employees. If they didn’t, your lawyer may be able to establish that they were negligent in that regard. There are strict licensing requirements for daycare providers and there are good reasons for that. Licensing helps foster accountability among these organizations.
If your child is been the victim of daycare child abuse contact an attorney to see if they can help you find a legal remedy so that you can receive compensation. The attorney may be willing to meet with you for free and discuss your case and, if it seems like you have a legitimate case on your hands, they may be willing to take that case on contingency, which means you don’t have to pay them unless they actually win your claim.