Daycare Abuse and Neglect Miami Attorneys
Miami Daycare Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Miami, Palm Beach, and most of South Florida are filled with daycare centers and other childcare providers offering to supervise children while parents are away at work. As of 2020, The Florida Department of Children and Families identified over 800 “Child Care Facilities” in Miami alone. With so many daycare facilities in Miami and South Florida, daycare facilities can be a haven for unchecked child abuse and child neglect.
Choosing a daycare provider should be done carefully, with thought given to credentials, training, licenses, reviews, background screening, child-teacher ratios, and other considerations. The Florida Department of Children and Families has resources available to help choose a safe childcare provider. You can read more here or view Florida DCF’s Quality Checklist here
Unfortunately, there is no way to ensure children will be protected from abuse while left in the custody of daycare centers. That is why choosing a properly licensed, staffed, and credentialed daycare is paramount. Also critical are a daycare’s rules, polices, and protocols for detecting and eliminating abuse and neglect. Ask about these issues when picking a daycare. All daycare facilities should have in place strict rules and protocols designed to identify abuse and reduce or eliminating the opportunity for abusers to harm children.
Types of Daycare Abuse & Daycare Neglect
Children can be harmed in daycare through intentional misconduct (such as physical or sexual abuse) or through negligence. In either case, a child harmed while in the custody of a daycare center may be entitled to bring a civil lawsuit to obtain monetary relief.
Child abuse and neglect within daycare centers can take many forms. Here are a few:
– Physical Abuse
– Sexual Abuse
– Emotional Abuse
– Negligent Supervision
– Negligent Safety Protocols
– Failure to Appropriately Respond to Emergencies
– Dangerous Equipment
– Inadequate Food and Medical Care
Can You Sue for Child Abuse at a Daycare?
While our criminal justice system is designed to punish perpetrators, it is our civil justice system that aims to compensate and make-whole victims of child abuse and child neglect. That means that in many cases a child harmed by daycare abuse or daycare neglect may sue to recover money damages for the abuse and injuries suffered.
Like all legal matters, it is best to discuss the viability of any potential child abuse or child neglect claim with a legal professional. Potential causes of action, prospective defendants, liability and insurance considerations, and other variables may factor into your decision whether to pursue a claim related to child abuse or neglect at a daycare facility. Attorneys as Viñas & DeLuca, PLLC are willing and able to discuss these and other issues with you.
Our Florida Office Locations
Viñas & DeLuca is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has offices available for consultation in Miami, Boca Raton/Palm Beach, and Tampa. We have handled cases in multiple state and federal jurisdictions throughout Florida. Click here for more information.
Contact a Miami Day Care Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Florida personal injury or wrongful death matter, please contact Viñas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650. There is never a fee or cost to you unless our law firm can recover money for you. You can also complete our Free Case Evaluation Form or easily chat with us online, and one of our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys will contact you right away. We are here 24/7/365 to speak with you and answer your questions. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.