Young children are vulnerable to serious injury when the people entrusted to protect them fail to do so. If you have trusted someone else to supervise and care for your child when you are not present, and your child suffers serious injury due to negligent supervision of a school, daycare, babysitter, church, or other care provider, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your child’s injuries and other expenses related to the accident, as well as emotional pain and suffering.
The California personal injury attorneys at Estey Bomberger have handled a number of personal injury cases involving negligent supervision, including negligent supervision at schools, day care centers, and in foster homes. We recently obtained a $14 million settlement against a school district on behalf of a child who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to failure to supervise a dodge ball game at a school.
Examples of Negligent Supervision
Negligent supervision can take numerous forms, and depending on the child’s surroundings and environment, injuries resulting from negligent supervision can vary as well. Injuries and fatalities are often due to the unique hazards of a child’s environment. For example, a child may suffer serious injuries encountering toxic cleaning fluids or loaded handguns, if these are kept nearby. Other possible environmental hazards include hot tubs, swimming pools, nearby busy roads, open windows, electrical cords, and hot liquids. Children may also suffer injuries from dog bites and abuse from other children that could have been prevented by a caregiver.
Day Care Negligent Supervision Injuries
Day care facilities are subject to local and state safety regulations and licensing requirements. Regulations vary depending on whether care is provided in a caregiver’s own home (a Family Child Care Home) or in a childcare center. Daycare centers must provide children with safe environments, as well as protect them from abuse from others. Children have unique needs, and adequate supervision for one child may not be adequate for another child. Negligent supervision at a day care facility can be due to a supervisor having too many children to watch, or a supervisor simply failing to pay attention to children. Injuries result from negligent supervision may include:
- Brain injury
- Bone fractures
- Eye Injury
- Burn injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Poisoning / Toxic chemical ingestion
If you feel your child is the victim of negligent supervision, contact the California negligent supervision injury lawyers at Estey Bomberger today to discuss your case. In order to recover monetary damages, you must establish that the day care center, school, teacher, babysitter, or other caregiver was negligent in supervising your child, and could have prevented the resulting injuries or death. Our California negligent supervision attorneys can help you understand your legal rights, advise you of your best course of action to protect your rights, and give you an honest opinion of the value of your potential case. Because these are challenging cases to litigate, it is important to work with a personal injury law firm that has a proven record of successfully representing victims in negligent supervision injury cases.