When it comes to detecting daycare abuse, it’s best to trust your instincts and report an issue, even when it’s minor. The first thing to do if you suspect daycare abuse is consider the source of your child’s injury: is it likely your child was abused and not just injured in normal play? A good daycare will alert you to any injuries that your child suffered while in its care. If you notice unreported injuries, they could be signs of abuse.
Contact the Authorities if You Recognize Signs of Daycare Abuse
Any time you recognize signs of daycare abuse or otherwise have good reason to suspect your child is being abused at their daycare, contact the authorities immediately. If the child's injuries are severe enough to warrant medical treatment, make sure you take your child to his or her pediatrician and explain that you believe the injuries are related to abuse. By law, doctors must report suspected instances of abuse to the local authorities.
You can also contact the Georgia state daycare licensing division, Department of Early Care and Learning, at 404-657-5562 to report daycare abuse and file a complaint against a daycare center. If the daycare is not licensed by the Bright from the Start Quality Rated program, you may also report suspected abuse to the Georgia Division of Children & Family Services via the child protective services hotline at 1-855-GACHILD (1-855-422-4453).
Contact a Lawyer if You Have a Case of Daycare Abuse
Once you confirmed or are very sure that your child suffered abuse, talk to a lawyer about recovering damages. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. is here to help Georgia parents navigate the daycare abuse liability claim process to ensure they get the settlement they deserve.
Contact our office today at 404-474-0804 to schedule an appointment to review liability for the case, the damages you may recover, and more.