Parents in Atlanta and all over Georgia entrust their children to day cares every day. Undoubtedly, many of these day cares are run by owners who have the best interests of Georgia’s kids in mind. Unfortunately, some day cares fall prey to the common motivation of many corporations—profits. Over emphasis on profits at day cares often means that safety loses. After all, day cares are usually operated as for-profit corporations in Georgia. There is no problem with that business model, as long as these companies, by and through their employees, treat Georgia’s children properly.
What our Georgia child injury law firm has seen over the last 10 years is an apparent rise in day care injuries, due to lack of proper staffing and/or failure to adequately hire and train staff. Usually, the lack of staffing is a result of the day care owner’s desire to maximize profits at the expense of appropriate supervision and control of the children. After all, extra employees cost more money. Atlanta day cares frequently fail to train staff out of a lack of knowledge of appropriate childcare techniques or, occasionally, outright laziness.
Georgia has created and empowered an agency called Bright From The Start (also known as the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning) whose purpose is to monitor Georgia day care facilities and enforce penalties when necessary. As you might expect, as a government agency, Bright From The Start has very limited staffing and, accordingly, an uphill battle with respect to penalizing and shutting down dangerous child care facilities in Georgia. Day cares are not inspected with the regularity necessary to stop dangerous conduct by employees and deter other potential bad actors.
Bright From The Start regulations and Core Rules, which govern Atlanta day cares, are extensive. They may be found here: http://decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/CCLCCoreRulesReferenceChart.pdf. Bright From The Start also sets forth rules which govern the conduct of an in-home or family day care. As an in home day care is one which cares for between 3 and 6 unrelated children under the age of 18, for pay. Those regulations are here: http://decal.ga.gov/documents/attachments/CCLCCoreRulesReferenceChart.pdf .
Over the years, our Atlanta child injury law firm has seen injuries in day cares from:
- Burns from hot water
- Burns from slides and other playground equipment, which can overheat
- Broken arms and legs from falls
- Scarring as a result of daycare related injuries
- Bullying at daycares which goes uncorrected by staff
- Various orthopedic injuries resulting from lack of supervision at playtime
- Children injured in day care-related auto and van accidents
- Children left unattended in vehicles by daycare employees
- Sexual abuse by day care employees
- Physical abuse by day care staff
- Brain injuries and head injuries from falling heavy objects left on shelves
What are the keys to selecting a good day care in Atlanta and throughout Georgia?
- Check the facility’s licensure with the State of Georgia
- Inquire with Bright From The Start if the facility has had any major problems or investigations
- Get references on the day care
- Do a lot research on the facility; contact former employees, if possible
- Go observe some of the classes and activities before enrolling your child
- Interview the managers and staff
- Check class sizes
- Ask for background and history on your child’s potential teachers
- After enrolling your child, make frequent and unexpected visits to the daycare
- Listen to your child, and act accordingly, if he or she is reporting behavior from staff members or other kids that should be of concern
Other Child Injury Practice Areas
Children And Truck Accidents
Unfortunately, many trucking companies and drivers place profits over people. Deliveries need to be made, regardless of bad weather, speed, truck maintenance issues, and driver fatigue. This reality is reflected in a company’s failing to hire qualified drivers, letting poorly trained drivers operate semi-trucks, and allowing the maximum hours for driving limits to be exceeded. The result of this profit over safety business model is serious personal injury to, and the wrongful death of, Georgia citizens, including many children.Read More
Children and Car Accidents
We routinely handle matters involving children and car accidents. Please check back soon, as our content for this page is being updated.
Kids and Bicycle Accidents
Despite the rapid rise in technology, bicycling remains a favorite pastime of children in Atlanta and all over Georgia. Kids ride their bikes on private and public property. Most parents are aware of modern safety trends, such as helmets and proper fitting and sizing for bicycles. However, children riding bikes on both private and public areas are, to some degree, reliant upon others—primarily motorists in cars and trucks—to lookout for them.Read More
Children and Dog Bites / Attacks
Our Georgia child injury law firm has represented many kids who have been attacked by dogs. Unfortunately, while most dogs are domesticated and friendly, some are aggressive, bite, and cause serious injury to children. While pit bulls are most commonly associated with dog attacks in Georgia, our law firm has represented kids who have been bitten and attacked by a wide variety of dog breeds. Usually, dog bites and attacks result in facial injuries and puncture wounds to the child’s neck, arms, and legs. Often, these injuries result in scarring that must be treated surgically.Read More
Day Care Negligence
Parents in Atlanta and all over Georgia entrust their children to day cares every day. Undoubtedly, many of these day cares are run by owners who have the best interests of Georgia kids in mind. Unfortunately, some day cares fall prey to the common motivation of many corporations—profits. And, over emphasis on profits at day cares means that safety loses. After all, day cares are usually operated as for-profit corporations in Georgia. There is no problem with that business model, as long as these companies, by and through their employees, treat Georgia’s children properly...Read More
Our Atlanta child injury law firm has reviewed many serious injury claims related to playgrounds and play areas at local day cares. Atlanta area parks, schools, and childcare facilities have indoor and outdoor playgrounds, which allow to children to exercise, play, and develop social and motor skills. Kids need to play, but they need to do so in a safe environment. The good news is that playgrounds can be made safe fairly easily and without much cost to the property owner. The bad news is that all too often, day cares, recreational companies (such as “jump” houses and trampoline parks), and restaurants with play areas, fail to inspect, monitor, and supervise these playgrounds.Read More
Drowning Accident and Swimming Pool Injury
Drowning, near-drowning, and pool-related injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in Atlanta and all around Georgia. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a pool, we encourage you to call our Atlanta injury law firm for a free consultation.
A swimming pool accident or drowning may be the result of negligence by a homeowner, corporation, apartment complex, park, or private club. If a friend or loved one has experienced any injury or death as a result of the use of a pool, we encourage you to call our Atlanta swimming pool accident law firm.Read More
IV injuries occur when the fluid that is pumping through the IV, which is supposed to go directly into the child’s veins, “escapes” the IV catheter and flows into the surrounding tissue instead of the bloodstream. Fluids and medications can be either non-vesicant (meaning not irritating to the surrounding tissue) or vesicant (meaning caustic or irritating to surrounding tissue). Vesicant fluids and medication have the capability of causing injury more quickly; however, even non-vesicants may cause substantial harm to a patient because fluids or medication leak into areas of the body which are not able to tolerate increased pressure or fluid build up.Read More
Amusement Park Injuries
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Dangerous Child Products
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Traumatic Brain Injuries
Families in Atlanta, and all over Georgia, have experienced the devastating effects of childhood brain injury as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another person or corporation. Our Atlanta based child injury law firm takes great pride in assisting Georgia families to secure the appropriate financial recovery for children with serious injuries from auto and trucking accidents, day care negligence, dangerous products, and other causes of childhood brain injury...Read More
We routinely handle matters involving spine injuries. Please check back soon, as our content for this page is being updated.
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Closed Head Injuries / Concussions
We routinely handle matters involving closed head injuries/concussions. Please check back soon, as our content for this page is being updated.