Many working parents have to place their children in daycare programs. They trust these providers with their children’s health, happiness, and safety. Unfortunately, many children suffer from abuse and neglect in daycare centers in Minnesota.
While the police and state prosecutors may bring criminal charges against a negligent or abusive daycare operator, you could pursue compensation and justice for your family.
OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers help your family recover financial compensation and justice so that you may rebuild your lives.
While some daycare providers offer excellent care, others do not. There are many kinds of abuse in daycare centers throughout Minnesota, including:
Daycare abuse and neglect are often unreported because young victims fear retaliation from their abusers.
Children have been subjected to various types of injuries in these daycare facilities as well. Some common injuries we’ve seen in instances of daycare injuries and abuse include:
Negligent daycare operators or centers that turn a blind eye to child abuse and neglect must be held accountable.
Someone caused your child’s injuries at their daycare center. Our attorneys identify all liable parties, including:
Daycare centers have a duty of care to their young clients and their families. When this duty of care is breached, they can and should be held accountable.
These facilities should carry liability insurance to cover your child’s medical care for both physical and emotional injuries. However, you could have expenses that exceed the insurance policy limits or are not covered.
A daycare injury lawyer can help you seek maximum compensation from an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
When your child suffers daycare abuse, your family may have suffered in more ways than one. Many children experience emotional trauma that requires professional counseling.
Your attorney determines a value for the current and future damages that you could recover, including:
It is your right to seek compensation when a daycare facility fails to uphold its required duties and obligations. You may pursue money damages regardless of any separate criminal charges or investigations.
To operate a safe and secure Minnesota Daycare, facilities and their staff must follow the many regulations set forth by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The list is comprehensive; however, understanding the level of care your child deserves can go a long way in protecting their rights.
When a daycare fails to uphold these rules, and your child is hurt directly due to their negligence, you might have grounds to sue for all you lost, including your child’s emotional and physical damages.
With an extensive list of laws governing daycare centers, let’s first break down the most general responsibilities of a competent daycare. These include the following:
In addition to these general requirements, daycare staff must all hold a license that permits them to be legally responsible for a child’s care. Minnesota does, however, have exceptions to this rule.
A daycare facility must also maintain the appropriate staff-to-child ratio at all times. These ratios are different depending on each age group and are as follows:
All caregivers who intend to work in a daycare must submit to a background check. According to ChildCare.gov, this check includes the following:
Daycare facilities are under strict regulations regarding disciplining children in their care. Facilities must have policies to address the appropriate actions staff members must take to correct problem behavior.
Under no circumstances are staff allowed to do the following:
It’s vital to report any signs of abuse or neglect immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it is to collect evidence for your claim, and the more your child will be harmed.
When your child has been seriously injured or abused in a Minneapolis daycare, you may need help. Here is a list of the top resources for families suffering from daycare abuse or neglect.
Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Room
900 S 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
University of Minnesota Medical Center East Bank Emergency Room
500 SE Harvard St.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
HealthPartners Urgent Care Minneapolis Nokomis
4730 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Allina Health Urgent Care – Greenway
3270 W Lake St. Suite 3264
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Washburn Center For Children
1100 Glenwood Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
CARE Counseling Minneapolis
2000 Aldrich Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Ellie Family Services
2125 E Hennepin Ave., UNIT 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413
If your child has suffered a severe injury, illness, or abuse at their daycare facility make sure you protect yourself and your family with help from an experienced daycare injury attorney with OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers.
Get a free, no-obligation case review. Our daycare injury lawyers help wronged families across Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota. Call 888-828-7087 or use our online contact form. The sooner you contact OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers, the faster we can pursue compensation and justice for your family.