When you’re a toddler, everything is new and exciting, and exploring the world fearlessly is definitely on most toddlers’ agendas. If you drop your toddler off at nursery or playgroup (or leave them at a soft play centre or other childcare establishment) for the day, then you want to know that they’re going to be safe. Most establishments have well-trained staff and put in place accident prevention for toddlers designed to reduce the risk of accidents happening. But if the worst happens and your child is injured, you could find yourself eligible to claim personal injury compensation on their behalf.
Tips for accident prevention for toddlers
When it comes to accident prevention for toddlers, there are a few things to bear in mind. The first is that sometimes accidents happen which are really nobody’s fault, and there is a difference between these types of accidents and accidents that are clearly caused by somebody else’s negligence. Here are some tips to ensure that toddlers don’t become injured in accidents:
- Always ensure that they are being cared for by experienced, qualified members of staff – don’t be afraid to ask to see certificates and evidence of childcare qualifications
- Check out childcare establishments such as nurseries and soft play centres to make sure they appear safe and well maintained
- If your child has allergies or special dietary requirements, consider packing lunch and snacks for them to ensure they won’t be given the wrong food
Nobody likes to think that their child won’t be safe at nursery or playgroup – and the truth is that most childcare providers are extremely responsible and will care for your child to the best of their abilities. However, negligence can and does occur, and if your child has been injured in an accident, you naturally want to know who is to blame.
Who’s at fault for my child’s accident?
If you think staff at the establishment where you left your child are to blame for their accident and injuries, the first thing you should do is speak to management to try to clear things up. You can get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you have a viable claim, even if your child has sustained relatively minor injuries. We’re here to offer no-obligation advice, so just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, today. Our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so there are no upfront fees to worry about.
Date Published: May 7, 2017
Author: Rob Steen