The reality of child negligence and abuse is a parent’s worst nightmare. Unfortunately, it seems like news reports nationwide are consistently reporting about various child care facilities and employees that are being charged with a wide range of child abuse crimes. To protect your child, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with negligence and abuse.
Child abuse can have a lasting and detrimental impact on a child’s mental health and overall development. There are various types of child abuse, including: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. The best way to recognize the signs of abuse and negligence is to look at your children’s symptoms and the behaviors of the staff.
Your child may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Extreme changes in behavior and mood swings
- Severe fear or anxiety, particularly toward the facility or a day care employee
- Unexplained physical wounds such as bruises and cuts
- Flinching and cowering
- Nightmares or night terrors
A negligent staff may exhibit the following behaviors:
- Leaving children unattended
- The facility workers can’t explain your child’s injuries
- The facility is unsafe and dirty
- Specific staff members avoid you
Above all else, it’s important to trust your instincts. If you’re concerned about your child, it’s imperative that you remove them from the day care and report your suspicions to a legal authority. If you wish to pursue legal action, the Austin day care injury lawyers at The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, can represent your case.
Pursue Justice & Protect Your Child
At The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC, we can thoroughly investigate your case and determine the negligent or abusive parties you need to hold responsible. If you’re ready to file a claim, our Austin day care injury attorneys can help you pursue damages that may facilitate your child’s recovery.
You don’t have to fight alone. Call The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC at (512) 271-5112 to schedule a consultation.