Serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents
Parents and guardians in the D.C. metro area place their complete trust in schools, daycare, and child care providers.Tragically, children may be victims of abuse and neglect when daycare, schools, and child care centers fail to provide adequate care. Sometimes children are subjected to physical and emotional abuse and neglect by child care employees who are improperly trained or negligently hired.
An estimated 905,000 children were victims of abuse or neglect annually, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Abuse and neglect in child care centers, daycare centers, and schools is unacceptable and shatters young lives, which can cause lifelong mental health issues. The Cochran Firm, DC represents children and families throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who have been hurt by the carelessness or recklessness of schools, daycare and child care providers.
Child care, daycare, and schools frequently deny any allegation of injury or wrongdoing. As a parent, it’s hard to know what to do when those to whom you have entrusted your child forcefully reject accusations. This is when you need someone on your side, like an experienced and aggressive attorney with The Cochran Firm DC. Our seasoned team of attorneys knows how to investigate a child care abuse and neglect claim and are ready to confront negligent organizations and wrongdoers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Schools, daycares, and child care are legally required to keep your child safe
Learning that a child care provider or its employees abused or neglected your child is devastating. The law provides parents and guardians with the right to seek justice against child care centers, daycares, and nursery schools that fail to provide adequate care.
Operators of child care, daycare, and nursery schools have a legal obligation to hire competent employees and to screen employee applicants for criminal backgrounds. Daycare and child care operators are also required to ensure that their facilities are reasonably safe and secure and to ensure children are kept reasonable safe from needless injuries and accidents. The Cochran Firm, DC attorneys are well versed in the case law, rules, and state and federal regulations that govern the daycare and child care industry.
Our experienced child care abuse and neglect attorneys are ready to use that knowledge to obtain justice for the families and victims of child care abuse and neglect in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The seasoned attorneys at The Cochran Firm, DC dedicate their careers to providing expert legal advice and tireless advocacy for the families and children who have suffered abuse or neglect.
Contact The Cochran Firm, DC for a free consultation
If your child has suffered abuse or neglect while at a child care center, daycare, or nursery school, call The Cochran Firm, DC at 202-682-5800 today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our legal professionals are ready to handle your matter with compassion, professionalism, and experience.
- Seeing the signs of child care abuse and neglect
- Signs that a child was the victim of child care abuse and neglect include:
- Emotional outbursts when taken to daycare
- Extreme and unprecedented behavior
- Acting more quiet than normal
- Depression or increased agitation
- Inappropriate sexual acting out
- Straining to sit or walk where this was not a prior issue
- Bruising or other physical marks without explanation
- Unusual changes in toilet-training
- Bed wetting
- Suddenly acting more childish or adult-like
- Unexplained aggressive behavior
Holding careless and abusive child care, daycare, and nursery school accountable
Child care abuse and neglect is unacceptable. Your child has a right to be safe from all forms of mistreatment and to be provided a safe environment at a childcare facility or under the supervision of a daycare provider. Violations of your child’s legal rights must be dealt with swiftly and aggressively. This is about protecting the safety and wellbeing of your child and sending a message to society that the abuse or neglect of children will never be tolerated.
The daycare and child care abuse and neglect attorneys at The Cochran Firm, DC aggressively use the civil justice system to prosecute those who abuse or neglect children. If you believe your child is being harmed or abused by a teacher, caregiver, or daycare provider, we will immediately initiate a robust investigation and do everything the law permits to ensure your child’s abusers are held accountable.
What should I do If I believe my child has been abused at daycare, child care, or school?
Nothing is more important than protecting your child. Talk with other parents whose children go to the same school, daycare or child care facility. Compare your observations with these parents’ reports. Take your child to a medical professional and get an examination for signs of abuse or neglect. Make sure to keep any records associate with this medical exam. Get in touch with local child protective service agencies in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Consult with a daycare and child care abuse and neglect attorney to ensure your family and child’s legal rights are not violated.
You deserve comprehensive compensation for any medical bills, therapy expenses, and other costs caused by child care abuse and neglect. Our expert attorneys will fight for your child’s safety and for maximum compensation for your family and your child. We will take all the necessary legal steps to hold the daycare or child care provider accountable, so that you and your child may focus on healing from this tragic ordeal.
If you suspect your child is being abused in any way in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, please contact the aggressive attorneys at The Cochran Firm, DC to schedule a free initial consultation at 202-682-5800.