What Every Parent Should Know About Florida Child Abuse in Daycare Centers
Daycare facilities are a necessity for single parents or households in which both parents work. Most daycare centers provide safe, supportive environments for children. Unfortunately, there are others that produce harmful effects through child abuse including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse.
Child abuse in daycare centers is something that parents should be aware of. Just because it is a place where children go to be watched and taken care of does not mean that everyone at the daycare center is safe and trustworthy. While sexual child abuse in Florida daycare centers is rare, it does happen.
Surprisingly, child abuse at daycare facilities generally does not involve teachers. The typical abusers are other workers, such as janitors, or other older children—even children of the owner of the daycare. This is exactly what happened to one of the Mallard Law Firm’s clients, S.C.
S.C., a minor girl, was repeatedly a victim of sexual abuse at a Florida overnight daycare facility, the Rae Family Daycare. Sadly, S.C. was abused hundreds of times by the son of the owner of the facility from 1999-2003.
Suffering the effects of repeated sexual abuse affected the mental health and well-being of S.C., causing her lifelong problems. Our Sarasota child abuse attorneys represented S.C. and her family in court. The jury recognized the mental health trauma she endured and awarded her $6 million for pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, lost capacity for the enjoyment of life, disability, and disfigurement. Although the medical expenses totaled approximately $5,300, the expert testimony and legal representation indicated that the repeated abuse took away S.C.’s innocence and left her with lifelong problems. This ultimately led to a $6,255,340 jury verdict for S.C.
Sarasota child injury lawyer Damian Mallard knows that no amount of money can take away the damage and trauma that child abuse victims suffer. However, securing a maximum settlement and making abusers be held accountable for their sickening and awful actions helps victims begin to start moving forward.
The Mallard Law Firm has the experience, resources, and knowledge to help child abuse victims in Florida seek justice and secure financial recoveries for the wrongs they suffered. If your child was a victim of Florida daycare abuse, please call a caring and skilled Sarasota child abuse lawyer today at 888-409-3805 for a private, complimentary consultation.