Arizona Daycare Emotional Abuse Attorneys
As a parent, leaving your child at a daycare facility can be difficult. It’s hard to trust that others will take good care of your child. While you hope your fears of abuse and neglect are unfounded, the unfortunate truth is that daycare abuse is surprisingly common. Even if the employees of the facility don’t physically or sexually abuse your child, emotional abuse can be just as damaging and leave your children with emotional scarring that may last a lifetime.
If your child has suffered emotional abuse at the hands of daycare employees, those responsible must be held accountable for their actions. While your priority is, of course, getting your child to a safe environment, one of your next steps should be contacting an Arizona daycare abuse lawyer who can help you get the justice you and your child deserve in the form of financial compensation for the future counseling, medical bills, and emotional trauma suffered by you, your child, and your family.
Emotional abuse of children can take many forms, including:
- Ignoring the child
- Belittling or teasing the child, especially when other children or adults are around
- Terrorizing the child
- Rejecting the child
- Overly criticizing the child
- Bullying the child
- Isolating the child
- Locking the child in dark rooms or closets
- Neglecting the child
Emotional abuse can occur on its own, but it more often accompanies sexual or physical abuse as a method of guaranteeing the child will “keep quiet”.
The signs of emotional abuse can be more difficult to detect than physical abuse, as it doesn’t result in visible bruises, welts, or other injuries. Regardless, parents who know what to look for can spot the signs. Common indicators of emotional abuse include:
- Difficulty sleeping or bedwetting
- Mood swings and personality changes
- A sudden loss of interest in games and activities
- An unexplained sudden onset of nightmares
- Excessive fear or aggressive behavior
- Suddenly becoming secretive and “hiding”
- Speech disorders or an unwillingness to speak
- Anxiety and fear of having done something bad or wrong
- Self-destructive behavior and comments
- Lack of healthy love and affection for you as parents
- Refusal to spend time with and play with other children
- Excessive shyness
A common result of emotional abuse is a feeling of abandonment and isolation, and in many cases, it involves a feeling of betrayal. All these and more are emotions and sensations that no child should be forced to experience.
Despite the wide range of daycare facilities available (such as institution-based centers, home care, camps, preschools, and more), liability usually falls with either:
- The private individual responsible for taking care of your child,
- An employee of an institution or organization assigned to care for your child, or
- The institution itself for negligent hiring and supervision policies regarding their staff.
A skilled child abuse attorney can investigate the circumstances surrounding the abuse and determine who can be held legally accountable and then take the needed legal action.
If you suspect your child is being emotionally abused, it’s always better to take proactive action and deal with it by following these steps:
- Remove the child from the abusive environment and file a complaint with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, who can investigate the daycare facility and take legal action as needed.
- Speak with friends and family to see if others have noticed the same changes in your child, recording notes as legal evidence.
- Speak with other parents of children at the facility to see if they notice similar changes in their own children.
- Contact a daycare abuse attorney to help investigate, review your situation, and file a civil lawsuit to recover damages to compensate you, your child, and your family for the emotional damage created by the abuse.
The Husband and Wife Law Team of Mark and Alexis Breyer are devoted parents of eight children, which gives them a personal perspective on how much children mean to their parents. With over 20 years of practicing law in Arizona and protecting the rights of innocent victims, our team is dedicated to helping families recover from traumatic injuries and experiences. We provide caring, compassionate, and effective legal counsel for concerned parents.
Mark Breyer is an award-winning lawyer who has been featured on the news to speak about child abuse cases and provide legal advice, and he personally meets and works with every client. We offer a free consultation, and our cases are taken on contingency – meaning you won’t owe any legal fees unless we win your case. Contact us today at (602) 457-6222 to get started.
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