By David Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer
Day care centers are commonly used by a families in need of child care due to work or personal commitments. There are millions of single parent households and dual income households which necessitate the use of day care centers / child care centers to supervise children during the work day. When a parent or guardian checks their child in to a day care center, they are putting their trust in a facility that should be trustworthy. The day care should be providing an environment which is safe and comforting for the parent, consisting of abundant supervision. It is reasonable for parents and guardians to expect that a day care center will provide a safe, loving, and educational environment for their children. Personal injuries result from carelessness, negligence, and just a lack of common sense in many instances in day care centers. Furthermore, some injuries result from intentional acts and let’s face it – just the shear stupidity of some child care providers who, at times, put their own interests ahead of those of the children. In New Jersey, it was reported that two day care workers were encouraged and filmed a Fight Club type of activity with the children enrolled in the day care center. Certainly, it is careless and reckless to encourage children to fight at a day care center or any other school or summer camp.
There are four elements that must be established for a strong claim against a day care center: