Negligent Supervision at Schools & Daycares
Schools, daycares, afterschool programs, and other educational and childcare facilities are required by law to take reasonable measures to keep children safe. If your child was harmed as a result of negligent supervision at a school or daycare, you have the right to take legal action.
At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, our New York school and daycare injury lawyers have extensive experience representing children who have suffered serious injuries due to negligent supervision and other improper care at all types of educational and childcare facilities. We help parents seek fair settlements on behalf of their children so that they can help obtain the necessary medical care to help their children recover. Our team understands that this is an extremely stressful and overwhelming time for you and your family; we are here to serve as your guide and advocate throughout every stage of the legal process.
What Is Negligent Supervision?
Negligent supervision refers to the failure to properly watch and care for children at a school, afterschool program, daycare, or similar childcare facility. “Proper” supervision depends on various local and state laws, as well as standard safety guidelines that apply in the given situation. Most often, negligent supervision at schools and daycares involves poor staff training, improper staff-to-child ratio (i.e., too many children for the number of staff members), and individual staff members who behave negligently, leading to injury.
What Responsibility Do Schools & Daycares Have?
Schools, daycares, and other facilities that supervise children have a responsibility to keep those children safe. This includes taking reasonable measures to prevent foreseeable injury, as well as remove or repair any dangerous conditions or hazards that could result in serious accidents. These facilities must follow local and state safety regulations, as well as acceptable practices to keep children safe.
Some examples of preventative measures schools, daycares, and similar facilities can—and should—take to protect the children in their care include:
- Ensuring the facility is free from unreasonable hazards or dangerous conditions
- Regularly maintaining the property to ensure it is safe and free from hazards
- Properly supervising children who attend the facility
- Maintaining an acceptable staff-to-child ratio
- Having written guidelines for various situations, including emergencies and injury response
- Following appropriate safety standards onsite and when taking children offsite
- Enacting regular emergency drills for fires, earthquakes, active shooters, etc.
- Making sure unsafe items and materials are kept away from children
- Providing staff with adequate training for medical emergencies, natural disasters, etc.
These and other safety measures help stop accidents and injuries before they happen. If the school or daycare center where your child was hurt failed to take reasonable measures to ensure your child’s safety, you may have grounds for a premises liability or negligent supervision claim.
The Results of Negligent Supervision
Children are among the most vulnerable members of our society. They deserve safe spaces in which to learn, play, and grow. When schools, daycares, and other facilities fail to provide adequate supervision, innocent children can be seriously hurt.
Some of the effects of negligent supervision at schools, daycares, and other educational and childcare facilities include:
- Playground accidents
- Allergic reactions
- Injuries by other children
- Sexual abuse
As a parent, it is nothing short of devastating to learn that your child has suffered needless harm due to negligent supervision by a school or daycare facility. At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, we firmly believe that you, your child, and your family deserve justice—and we are here to help.
Children who are injured due to negligent supervision may suffer a wide range of injuries, from broken bones to brain and spinal cord injuries. In very severe cases, they may even tragically pass away. Our goal is to not only help you secure the maximum compensation you and your child are owed but also to hold negligent schools, daycares, and staff members accountable so that similar events do not occur ever again. Our New York negligent school and daycare attorneys are committed to making our communities safer and better for all, including children and their families.
Call Our Negligent School & Daycare Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If your child was harmed at school, daycare, an afterschool program, a youth sports practice or game, or at any other similar facility or event, contact Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP. Our New York school and daycare injury attorneys are here to answer your questions and provide the information you need to make the best possible decisions on behalf of your child and your family. We can guide you through the legal system and help you seek the full, fair compensation you and your child are owed.
We offer free initial consultations, and there are no attorney fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Reach out to us today to learn more.
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