When enrolling your child in daycare, you trust that they will be in good hands. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, daycare owners and employees act negligently. If this occurs, children can face serious injuries as a result. Read on to learn more about daycare negligence in New Jersey.
Licensed vs. Unlicensed Daycare?
There are several different types of daycares in New Jersey. For example, childcare centers, pre-schools, and before and after school care centers are generally all licensed by the state. On the other hand, many people also ask their relatives, friends, or neighbors to care for their children, and usually, they are not licensed by the state.
What if I signed a Liability Clause?
Very often, when you sign your child up for daycare, you will be asked to sign a release form or waiver containing either an “indemnity clause” or a “liability clause,” essentially stating that you cannot sue your daycare provider if something happens to your child. Fortunately, even if you sign this document, there is a very good chance you can still sue your daycare provider for negligence.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
To sue a daycare facility for harming your child, you will first have to prove that the daycare center had a duty of care to ensure your child’s safety. You must then prove that the daycare center violated its duty of care and that your child was directly injured or harmed as a result. In order to do so, there are some important steps to take. If your child is injured, you should take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused the accident to occur. Additionally, you should take your child to the doctor right away. This will ensure that your child’s injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with important proof of the origin and extent of the injuries. Before leaving, ask the doctor for a copy of any relevant medical doucments. Be sure to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.