Connecticut Daycare Abuse Lawyers
Many parents depend on daycare facilities every day to take care of their children while they go to work or school. Although leaving their children in the hands of someone else can be a difficult decision to make, it is often necessary and turns out to be a great social and educational experience for the child. However, it’s an unfortunate reality that not all daycare staff members have the purest intentions. When sexual abuse occurs in daycare centers, it can have serious long-term effects on a child and leave parents feeling confused and guilty.
If you suspect that your child has suffered sexual abuse while at daycare, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the physical and emotional damages he or she has sustained. A Connecticut daycare abuse lawyer will be able to go over all your legal options with you to establish the recourse that’s available.
Duty of Care in Daycare Centers
The sexual abuse of a child is a parent’s worst nightmare, regardless of the circumstances it happens under. However, when it occurs in an environment such as daycare, where parents trust that their children are being kept safe and protected, it can be particularly shocking. Daycare centers and their employees must operate under a duty of reasonable care when supervising children. This means facilities are under obligation to take precautions to prevent sexual abuse, and staff must not perform such an act.
Signs of Daycare Abuse to Watch Out For
Many children in daycare settings are too young to verbalize the sexual abuse they have gone through or understand what has happened to them. This is why it’s crucial for parents to learn how to spot common warning signs that signal abuse.
Behavioral clues may include:
- A sudden aversion to going to daycare when a child always enjoyed going before
- The development of severe mood swings
- Incorporating sexual acts into play
- Use of sexually explicit words or phrases
Physical evidence may include:
- Difficulty sitting or walking
- Pain or itching in the genital area
- The development of an STD
Every case of abuse is unique, but if a child exhibits any of these red flags, it’s imperative for parents not to ignore it or wave it off as something else.
Liability in Sexual Abuse Cases
If it is discovered that a child has been sexually abused while attending daycare, both the facility and the employee who engaged in misconduct can be held liable. Direct responsibility may fall on the daycare center as well as their employee if it is determined they failed to take reasonable care in the screening and hiring process. “Vicarious liability” means legal actions against abuse can still apply to a facility even if they took preventative measures to keep it from happening.
Hire an Experienced Connecticut Daycare Abuse Lawyer
Learning your child has been the victim of sexual abuse by people you relied on to care for him or her is both heartbreaking and enraging. After removing your child from the situation, getting him the physical and psychological treatment he needs, and notifying the police, the next step you should take is to contact a Connecticut personal injury lawyer.
At Naizby Law, we are dedicated advocates for children and their families who have experienced daycare abuse. The best interests of your child will remain top priority as we work to help you pursue the largest monetary award possible. We know that there is no amount of money that can make up for the abuse of your child, but compensation can ease the financial burden of important treatments. Contact our office at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a review of your case.
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