By David A. Wolf, Attorney – Child Injury Lawyer Blog
When a child is injured at a day care center, it can at times be a mystery as to how and why the child was injured. This is especially true when a day care center work lies or hides acts of abuse, neglect, and corporal punishment. Video surveillance, at times, captures the very acts of abuse or neglect inflicted by the very same day care center providers who have the legal duty to protect, support, education, and care for the child. Most states prohibit any kind of corporal punishment and criminalize the acts. As such, if a day care center work strikes a child, criminal charges can be brought against the day care center work; however, it should be noted that the criminal prosecution of a day care center worker caught on video hitting a child is not automatic.
Each incident or case is evaluated by the local law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office to determine if a crime was committed and if enough evidence can be presented to successfully prosecute the day care center worker. If bad acts are caught on video, many people may assume that the day care center work is going to jail or prison; however, no assumptions or presumptions should be made on any particular case as to criminal prosecution. Furthermore, it should be noted that the pursuit of a civil case is also something that needs further review by the parents and a Child Injury Lawyer as to the elements of the case and the practicality of pursuing the case. The elements of a civil case or claim for day care center negligence, harm, assault, or corporal punishment are as follows: