What Are Common Day Care Injuries?
It's no secret that children can be injured in various ways, but did you know that many of these common injuries occur when kids are left unsupervised? Unfortunately, accidents happen, even when the most vigilant caregiver is watching.
According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, children's most common daycare injuries happen when an adult does not properly supervise them. In addition, more than 90% of all playground-related fatalities occur when a child is unattended.
At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys have many years of experience representing clients who have been injured due to someone else's carelessness. For example, if your child has been injured in a daycare facility, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and other damages.
Contact a Chicago child injury attorney at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
A daycare injury can be a traumatic experience for both the injured child and their family. The injuries sustained may make the parents feel angry, sad, guilty, or frustrated at dealing with an injury that could have been prevented had they known more about what could happen during their child's time in daycare.
Parents need to know who is watching their children to make informed decisions about their kids' time. They also need to know how much staff is available at any given moment to watch over the other children while one child gets hurt.
Finally, they need to know the safety regulations available for the childcare facility. For example, should there not be enough caregivers present when an accident happens, it could take longer for someone to help and provide medical attention and comfort until emergency personnel arrives on the scene.
Parents should ask questions like, "How many adults are working today?" and "How many of them are trained in first aid?" These aren't questions about the daycare center as much as they are about the children and their families, but they will help parents make informed decisions.
Child Daycare Center Statistics
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), serious injuries such as trips and falls, scalds from hot liquids or steam, burns from hot surfaces or open flames, insect bites, and stings are the most common injuries in child daycare facilities.
Statistics show that more than half of daycare injuries occur to kids under the age of 4 . Data from the National Institutes of Health reveals that a child’s injury is more common during the first year of a child's life.
Any child’s injury, minor injuries, and severe injuries statistics will depend on where you get your information, how it is recorded, and what type of injury is reported. Some companies only record the most serious injuries caused and, in some cases, may not even be aware that a childcare center even caused an injury.
Day Care-related Deaths
There is no definite answer to the question, "how many children are killed in Child DayCare Centers?" It's difficult to state an exact number of head injuries or internal injuries because not every daycare records their injuries. Some daycare facilities may also downplay most injuries, so they do not report them.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, a study was done in Illinois that revealed a total of 7,500 child daycare injuries since 1993. About 60% to 65% of all child daycare injuries occur due to falls causing head injuries or bone pops, and about 23% have been from being hit or struck by an object causing internal injuries.
Common Daycare Injuries Causes
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), children’s behavior causing falls is the greatest cause of all child daycare injuries. In addition, according to the NSC, falls account for 60 percent of all accident-related injuries at daycare facilities.
In 2001, the NSC conducted a telephone survey of 1,000 parents asking about injuries to their children in daycare facilities within the past year. The findings of this study show that:
- 13% of children have been hurt by another child at daycare and left unattended
- 17% of parents have been notified about a daycare injury to their child
- 18% of parents have found bruises or cuts on their child that did not get reported by the daycare center
The most common injuries in daycare were falls, bruises and scrapes from normal activities, being struck by an object, insect bites and stings, slips, trips, and falls from climbing structures.
About 34% of all head injuries were related to falls, while 17% came from being hit by an object. At least 13 children died in daycare facilities in 2017.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports that in 2018, almost two-thirds of injury-related deaths to children in daycare facilities were due to falls. Other statistics show that choking on food or toys is one of the leading causes of injury and death to young children.
Common daycare injuries involving children include:
- Slipping and falling, especially on hard floors
- Being struck by an object or another child
- Cuts from nails or bolts not securely fastened or inserted properly
- Bruising from falls or being hit by another child
- Scalding from hot liquids or vapors
- Burns from hot objects, surfaces, liquids, steam, especially from bottle warmers.
- Insect bites and stings from bees, wasps, fire ants, mosquitoes, spiders, or ticks
- Poisonings from household cleaners, medicines, plants, or other toxic substances.
- Choking on foods and toy parts.
- Losing weight due to infections
Most Common Daycare Injuries in Illinois
According to the National Institute of Health, the most common daycare injuries involving children and teenagers include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Many children have suffered traumatic brain injuries or head trauma in daycare centers. These accidents are often the result of being struck by an object, falling, running into an object, or being under falling objects.
Sprains and Fractures
Many children sustain sprains and fractures, causing internal injuries while at their daycare centers. In addition, most children suffer injuries, like bruises and lacerations, when jumping on the trampoline, or from gym class, climbing stairs, or running.
Cuts and Bruises
Repeated injuries happen at daycare due to the result of falls, accidents with scissors, minor cuts from:
- sharp objects in art projects
- play areas with sharp edges
- bite marks
- playing near other children who are using sharp objects
Spinal Cord Damage
Most of the spinal cord injuries involving children in play areas with playground equipment result from falls, accidents involving trampolines, or when children are roughhousing.
Many children have suffered broken bones or a dislocated joint because they were roughhousing with their age group or trying to jump off high objects with older children and fell.
Many accidents at daycare centers involve severe burns. These may include spills, hot liquids or vapors, steam from cooking, scalding water from the microwave, crock pots, and bottle warmers.
Seeking Financial Compensation to Pay for The Child’s Injuries When Injured at Daycare
If you or your child had broken bones or dislocated joints at daycare, you need to know what rights and benefits are available to you. For example, if another party's negligence caused the injuries, there may be a case for seeking financial compensation.
In addition to covering medical expenses and lost wages, a financial settlement may also help pay for future medical care and any special equipment or accommodations that the child may need.
Through negotiations, our child care lawyers can ensure that the injured party gets compensation to cover:
- Hospital bills
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy bills
- Temporary or permanent disabilities
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional grief
- Funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages and future losses
- Future income that the child will not be able to earn
- Future medical costs for the child due to traumatic brain injuries
- Cover any special equipment or accommodations needed by the child because of their injuries.
- Out-of-pocket expenses and lost income due to injuries caused by a faulty equipment
- Time spent looking after the child at home
Was your child hurt in a daycare accident and suffered injuries? For example, did your child suffer a broken bone due to someone else’s negligence?
If so, you may be able to file a daycare injury claim to help pay for the cost of your child’s injuries, funeral expenses if your child died, out-of-pocket losses, and future economic losses that could result from the injuries.
We have experienced daycare accident attorneys who are passionate about advocating for children who have suffered broken bones or were killed due to others' negligence.
Our daycare personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to conduct a thorough investigation to determine who was responsible for your child's broken bone, so we can ensure you receive maximum compensation.
Proving a Child Day Care Accident Case
Under Illinois law, the injured party (child or their parents) must prove how the carelessness of the daycare provider caused the accidents to daycare children.
The Illinois Supreme Court adopted a “sliding scale” in determining liability, based on how they supervise children, lack of supervision, or the childcare facility, or otherwise, that balance of what is fair to both the parents and provider involved.
Proving Negligence in Child Day Care Injury Cases
If our lawyers prove negligence, the parents can recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages. For example, we could show how the daycare center breached its duty of care to protect and properly supervise children from injury by faulty playground equipment or a defective play structure.
Filing a Daycare Accident Claim
A daycare accident claim must be filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health within two years after the injury, so it is important to file as soon as possible.
Were you or someone you know has been injured at a daycare center in Illinois due to poor child care quality or faulty playground equipment? If so, please take the time to fill out our free case evaluation form below. We will evaluate your case and get back to you as soon as possible.
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Receiving Maximum Compensation
Our child personal injury lawyers will work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. We understand how painful it is when your child suffers an injury or dies due to someone else’s negligence.
We accept child daycare accident cases on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay us any legal fees unless we win your case.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Surviving family members who lost a child in a daycare center accident can file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of claim is filed by the child’s parents or other family members who were financially dependent on the deceased child.
We will work hard to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your loss and suffering, no matter the circumstances. No Legal Fees Unless We Win Your Case.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer to Resolve a Child’s Car Accident Case
The daycare injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, work on a contingent fee basis. We will not charge any legal fees until we have recovered money for you, and only if we win your case.
Contact our law office at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with your lawyer will remain private through an attorney-client relationship.