More than 11 million kids are kept by the daycare services in United States of America. However, percentages of injuries while staying in the daycare services are increasing with each passing day. It has been observed through the reports of Child Care Aware of America. However, it is not possible to find a federal record on the occasion. In 12 states, deaths in the daycare services are not reported at all.
Statistics may not be found about daycare injuries and death. However, initiative has been taken by some of the states on the issue. In the state of Missouri, 45 deaths have been reported in a span of three years in 2012. The numbers are increasing without any doubt. It is a statistics from unlicensed facilities. In case of licensed centers, similar kind of issue can be seen also. It is not possible to ask the daycare facilities directly at any given occasion. Liability insurance is not carried by these facilities to cover up the accidental cost.
In case the death or injury has happened in a daycare center due to criminal activity then money may not be paid by the insurance company. Therefore, it has become important to know about reason behind these injuries. Is it caused by corporal punishment or abuse?
Small ray of light has been seen for the parent now. If a parent has dropped their kids in the daycare center in the morning and collected them in the evening with red marks of injury in addition to bruise in several areas of body like upper thigh, back and buttocks then it must be taken seriously. Statement of the children becomes important on the occasion. In case the children say that the professional from the daycare center has beaten them through a knife or any other equipment then adequate measure must be taken. Daycare may not inform you about such situation. Daycare center may deny the allegation completely and say that the bruises are mere diaper rash. The proclamation from the daycare center may not be true at all. Therefore, investigation must be done by talking to staff and other children from the daycare center. Later on, it is possible to find out the fact that the professional from the daycare center has spanked the children.
Daycare center can be sued in the court for these activities. If the daycare center denies the fact then trials can be arranged. Both punitive and compensatory damages can be asked from the plaintiff in this situation. It is possible to charge an amount $ 5 million on the occasion. Through negotiation, it may be dragged down by the lawyer to $ 2.87 million. However, the amount of the damage is not fixed. It generally varies according to seriousness case and type of injuries.
Plaintiff can certainly go to the higher court against the verdict. Insurance companies are often made liable to pay the damages. However, they can reject the request from the plaintiff also for various reasons. Insurance may not pay the compensation in case of an injury due to molestation or abuse. In such cases, plaintiff has to pay the sum individually.