Young Child Suffers Significant Head Injury at Day Care Facility

Joseph O'Neill

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— Updated on January 7, 2022

Daycare Expert WitnessThis case involves a young child who was injured while attending a local child care facility. On the day of the incident in question, the child was placed in a chair that was stacked on top of other chairs of the same type. The room in which the child was sitting had a hard floor with no padding or carpeting, and the child was left unattended for an extended period of time. At some point, the child fell forward, striking his head on the floor and causing serious injuries. The facility had a written policy against leaving children unattended, and the manufacturer of the chair warned customers against placing a child in a chair that was stacked on top of other chairs. It was alleged that the day care facility acted negligently in leaving the child unattended while in the chair.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have extensive experience managing a daycare or similar facility?
  • 2. Are you familiar with the industry standards and safety protocols that need to be following in order to ensure the well being of an infant?

Expert Witness Response E-032622

I am very familiar with day care policies and procedures, and have served as an expert on daycare liability cases in the past. I got into my consulting career with the vision of getting justice for families and children; some were child death cases. I also had some administrative hearing cases getting justice for child day care providers. There should be thousands of cases a year across the nation related to damages done to children in child day care; it is of epidemic portions in my opinion. Government regulation helps assist poor and unqualified providers to keep providing care until injury, maiming permanently or death happens. In this case, it is clear that the facility did not take adequate steps to prevent this child’s injuries. Leaving a child unattended for any length of time is against basic industry best practices.

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