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How to Choose a Houston Daycare Center

They are life’s most precious gifts. However, often, we also must entrust them to the care of others to go to work, and thus, there are many ways that children can be hurt. Accidents need not be the case, because there are many ways a parent can assure that their child’s daycare gives them the same care they would get at home.

Here are several things to consider when choosing a daycare center for your child

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Looking at the Environment at the Daycare

You must visit a daycare center before signing up your child with them. During your initial visit, care must be taken to look at the surrounding environment. Is there a lot of clutter, or is the trash overflowing? Are the caregivers engaged with the children, or are the children only playing amongst themselves while the caregiver is passively on the other side of the room? Further, check and make sure there is an ample number of teachers per child. Typically, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one adult for every three babies up to 24 months of age.

Also, a report by Parents.com suggests that parents do more than one environment check when thinking about enrolling their children at that facility. It is recommended that parents use word-of-mouth referrals and stopping by for an unplanned visit. Often, daycare centers will be extra diligent when they know upcoming parent visits, and as such, you will have a better idea of their day-to-day practices during an unplanned appearance.

Daycare Commitment & Policies

Whether you are looking at a daycare center for the short or long term, inquire about their responsibility to ensure your child has a place for enrollment. For instance, if you have only your child at the center during fall and spring, inquire about whether spots are kept, or if they fill up during summer and winter, will you miss out. And one should also inquire about employee turnover and if it is high, ask why. To that extent, seek clarification about the specific policies that the facility has for education, discipline, and so forth. Are the daycare workers educated in child development? Do they have CPR certification? On a similar note, does the facility utilize time out as punishment, or do they choose constructive redirection instead? The daycare center should not be able only to answer these questions readily, but they should also welcome any clarifications or concerns.

Trust Your Instinct

Above all else, use the old idiom and ‘trust your gut.’ If a particular aspect about the daycare center does not feel right, even if everything looks fine on the surface, then it would be a smart idea to keep looking. Further, you can also follow up with child care license information, standards, and all governmental policies at The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Millions of mothers and fathers entrust the care of their child (or children) to daycare centers each week as they head out to make the wages necessary to keep their families afloat financially. Most of them would prefer to remain at home and care for the child themselves because we all know no one will look out for your child with the same authentic concern as the parent.

Unfortunately, working is a necessity for most of us, and even when we believe we have located the perfect substitute ‘parenting’ group, we still hold our breaths as we hand our children over. And with good reason but because statistics show that thousands of children receive injuries and some severe while at daycare each day.

Daycare Injuries are Frequent

Sometimes, the injuries are severe. Take, for instance, the case of the mother whose child rolled off a changing table and hit the floor when he had been left unattended. Even though the daycare center claimed the child was fine – the mother took her son straightaway to the emergency room where they discovered he had a fractured skull and concussion. Other examples like broken arms and legs occur much more frequently in daycare accidents than you would believe.

Parents frequently pull their child out of that daycare center immediately and then sued them for negligence and sometimes even punitive damages. Even when the child eventually recovers – the parents (particularly the mother) often have a hard time not feeling guilty for entrusting their little one to the daycare after a daycare accident.

Texas will usually investigate a serious daycare child injury though the Texas Child Care Licensing agency. However, Child Care Licensing is only interested in finding rules infractions, and even if they find a rule violation, a slap on the wrist is the likely outcome.

Overall, you must be proactive about ensuring your child’s safety, and often, the first step is choosing the right daycare center.

Contact a Daycare Injury Attorney

Call the Baumgartner Law Firm for a no-obligation consultation about any Houston daycare injury claim. (281) 587-1111. Our daycare injury lawyers have been helping families after daycare negligence for over 35 years!

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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish

An Interactive Guide

CRUNCH!

You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.

Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.

All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.

A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.

A Guide For All Car Accident Victims

In this guide, you will learn:

  • How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
  • How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
  • What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
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Get To Safety

Prevent Further Damage & Injury

If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.

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Survey The Damage

Call The Police + Gather Evidence

After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.

As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:

  • Identify Extent of Injuries
  • Identify Witnesses
  • Identify Vehicle Damage

Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.

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Get Medical Help

Your Health Is #1

After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.

Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.


Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.

Common Internal
Injuries

  • Whiplash
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Broken Ribs
  • Punctured Lungs
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Hire An Injury Lawyer

Save Time. Get Compensated.

Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.

At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.


Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.

Time Is Of The Essence

 

In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.

Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.

If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.

If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.

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File Your Claim

Notify Your Insurance Company

It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.

Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.

Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.

Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.


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Learn Fault Factors

Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.

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