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It’s a parent’s worst nightmare—child abuse. You take your child to a childcare facility, where you believe he or she will be safe and protected while you work to provide for your family. Instead, your child is abused, neglected, or otherwise mistreated. You’re enraged, but you don’t know what to do.
In addition to the criminal penalties your child’s abuser may face, you can also sue the abuser in civil court. Filing a personal injury claim on behalf of your child can allow you a sense of justice and compensate you for everything you, your family, and your child have suffered at the hands of a monster.
How do you file a claim and who should be held responsible? You can file the claim against the person responsible for the abuse, but you can also name the daycare in your claim. The facility may also be liable for any abuses that occur while a child is its care.
Filing a claim against the facility may also cause measures to be put in place to protect other children from suffering abuse.
Unfortunately, filing and proving an injury claim isn’t an easy process. You will need to investigate the abuse, obtain evidence, and argue your case. It’s often best to get help from an injury attorney.
Depending on your case, your child might have suffered abuse that led to you and your family experiencing financial hardships and losses.
Your financial losses could be things like time you had to take off of work, medical expenses from treating your child after the abuse, mental health services you needed to obtain for yourself or your child, and any other monetary expenses this situation has caused you.
You can also be compensated for the non-monetary suffering you and your child have been through because of these abuses.
You could be dealing with overwhelming guilt, anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional issues. Your child could also be experiencing physical pain and struggling with fear. Depending on your child’s age, he or she may also need counseling and therapy to move beyond this traumatic experience.
Regrets and guilt can’t make things go back to the way they were, but you can do something proactive for your child: Seek justice on his or her behalf by filing a personal injury claim against those responsible for his or her harm.
You aren’t responsible for the abuse your child experienced—but you can hold the ones who are responsible to account. You can obtain the monetary compensation you and your child deserve and prevent daycare abuse from happening to someone else’s child.