Liability for Common Daycare and Preschool Injuries in San Marcos

Parents and guardians in San Marcos and throughout Southern California rely on daycare centers and preschools to provide care for their kids while they are working. Whenever you drop off your child at a daycare center or a preschool, you should be able to expect that your child will receive quality care and will not suffer harm as a result of the facility’s negligence. Yet injuries do happen, and it may be possible to hold one of the teachers at the facility accountable or the owner of the daycare facility itself (sometimes those parties are one and the same). What do you need to know about daycare and preschool injuries and about liability when injuries occur? Our San Marcos personal injury lawyers can provide you with more information.

Common Types of Injuries at California Preschools and Daycare Centers

Children at daycare centers and preschools can sustain many types of injuries. According to the California Childcare Health Program, the following are among the most common types of child injuries reported at preschools and daycare centers in the state:

  • Cuts;
  • Scrapes;
  • Bruises;
  • Finger pinches;
  • Bites;
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Internal injuries;
  • Dislocations;
  • Dental injuries;
  • Poisonings;
  • Drowning;
  • Burns;
  • Choking; and
  • Suffocation. 

The California Childcare Health Program reports that falls — including slips and falls, as well as falls from heights — are usually the leading cause of serious injuries like head injuries and bone fractures. The majority of these serious injuries tend to occur on playgrounds.

Required Licensure and Reporting

You should know that California law requires daycare and preschool providers to be licensed through the Child Care Licensing Program. According to the California Department of Social Services, the Child Care Licensing Program is designed “to provide preventive, protective, and quality services to children in care by ensuring that licensed facilities meet established health and safety standards through monitoring facilities, providing technical assistance, and establishing partnerships with providers, parents, and the child care community.” 

With licensing through the Child Care Licensing Program, daycare centers and preschools also must take steps to prevent injuries at their facilities and must report injuries when they do happen. Failure to do either — to take preventive measures or to report injuries when they occur — can result in liability. Determining liability for a child injury at a daycare center or preschool will require help from an attorney who can identify the cause of the accident and injury and how another party’s negligence caused it. Examples of negligence may include, for instance, lack of property supervision on a preschool playground or failure to secure hazardous cleaning supplies that a child ingests.

Contact a San Marcos Daycare Injury Lawyer Today

If your child sustained an injury at a daycare center or preschool in San Marcos or elsewhere in Southern California, you should seek advice from an experienced San Marcos personal injury attorney who can help. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm to learn more about how we can assist you. Contact the Walton Law Firm today to get started on your claim.

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