Should a Parent Receive Notification of an Injury of a Special Needs Child at a School or Day Care Center? The answer this question is “Yes”. A parent should receive notice or be contacted by the Florida Day Care Center when the special-needs child sustains an injury at the day care center. The timing of the notice will depend on the severity of the injury and the need for immediate medical care. If the injuries are minor the parent should be notified at upon pick up of the injury and how it was addressed. If the injury is something that would require some follow-up care by a pediatrician, urgent care center or emergency room, the parents should be notified immediately. Unfortunately special-needs children are often injured in day care centers as a result of the negligence and lack of supervision.
Some parents get very upset by the lack of notification and want to pursue a case or claim against the Florida Day Care Center. This is very understandable. While a Florida Day Care Center has a duty to timely notify a parent of an injury, the bigger issue at hand is typically how the injury happened and what measures (if any) could have been taken to prevent the injuries. When a special needs child is accepted or enrolled in a Florida Day Care Center, it is vital that the staff and administration have a very clear understanding of the child’s needs and abilities. It is vital that reduce the risks present in the day care center and provide the appropriate staff to child ratio based on Florida guidelines and also based on the needs of the individual child and the group as a whole. Often times, children are injured by a lack of supervision especially those children with special needs who lack safety awareness and need more individual attention.
The book titled – Florida Day Care Center Injuries – Building Blocks of Knowledge for Parents – was written by David Wolf, a child injury attorney with over 20 years of experience. Mr. Wolf has dedicated his entire legal career to issues that affect children. He firmly believes that each child should get the attention, supervision, and care needed whether in a day care center, school, summer camp, or other location. This book can be obtained for free at Florida Day Care Center Injuries.
When a special needs child is injured, it is important to consult with a Florida Child Injury Attorney to get a better understanding of the legal rights of the injured child and the legal responsibilities and duties of the Florida Day Care Center. Contact the child injury attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. – a law firm that has been representing injured children and their families in Florida since 1957. At Wood, Atter & Wolf, we are On Your Side – At Your Side.