Daycare abuse can take many forms. Sometimes it is physical, sometimes it is psychological. Sometimes daycare neglect endangers children as much as outright abuse. When people are physically abused, there are certain types of injuries that are commonly seen. If you see injuries in these areas or other potential signs of child abuse, it may be time to take a second look at what’s going on at your child’s daycare.
Oftentimes, abusers will rough their victims around. Where children are concerned, people who are physically abusive oftentimes inflict injuries in the same areas they’re seen on adults who are victimized. The wrists and arms, the shoulders and the neck are frequently bruised when someone is pushed or pulled around. Some people tend to yank children around by their arms when they become frustrated with them. This can lead to dislocations and is a common sign that a child is being physically harmed.
You can also look at reactions if you suspect that something is wrong at the daycare facility. Children who are struck will oftentimes involuntarily flinch when someone moves their hand toward them. If they’re struck in a particular area, such as the head, they may cover themselves reflexively. If you start seeing these behaviors, it may indicate abuse. It may also indicate that daycare negligence is to blame and that the child is being physically bullied by other children.
If you suspect sexual or physical abuse, having a doctor look at your child is always advisable. There are several reasons why this is the case. First and foremost, the doctor may inform you that the injuries are probably the result of play and that there’s nothing to worry about based on them. They may, however, determine that there is some sort of abuse going on. Having a doctor complete an exam creates documentation of the injuries, which you may need going forward.
If you have been victimized, you can talk to a lawyer about filing a lawsuit. Some attorneys offer free consultations where you can get advice on how to move forward. A lawsuit, however justified it may be, cannot be guaranteed to win. If it does, however, your family may receive substantial monetary compensation. Look for an attorney who works on contingency. These attorneys take no fees up front and forego any payment at all if they fail to win your case by a jury award or settlement.