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Chicago Daycare Injury Lawyer

Daycare injuries can be frightening and traumatic for children and parents alike. The daycare facility owes a duty of utmost care to the children. Did your child sustain an injury while in a daycare facility? Do you believe the childcare facility failed to prevent your child's injuries?

If your child sustained injuries due to daycare negligence, seeking an experienced personal injury lawyer is essential to recover compensation.

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you start an incident report and a personal injury claim against the daycare facility so that the responsible parties are held accountable through legal action.

Contact our child injury lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll free) for a free case evaluation to determine your legal options to pursue compensation regarding your child's damages.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

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Daycare Injuries Due to Staff

Most Chicago daycare injury cases result from -

  • Inadequate staffing when employees act negligently, resulting in an unsafe environment for children.
  • Daycare management failing to conduct staff background checks, with inadequately trained staff placed in charge of childcare. The daycare can be held liable for lack of due diligence.
  • Lack of proper supervision of daycare workers and childcare providers.

A childcare provider's momentary distraction could result in a serious injury to a child, causing a traumatic event not only for the child involved but also for other children in the daycare and their parents.

Common Reasons Behind Serious Daycare Center Accidents

Some of the reasons why children have serious accidents at daycare facilities -

  • Falls from changing tables
  • Dropped children
  • Ingestion of poison
  • Falls from playground equipment
  • Entanglement of arms and legs
  • Allergic reactions

When the daycare provider chooses to cut corners on staffing levels or fails to supervise their daycare staff, an incident can result in a child's injury.

Incidents of daycare abuse and negligence can also happen when unfit daycare providers subject children to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Most cases against childcare facilities are brought by parents who believe their child was injured due to the daycare provider's negligence.

Daycare Abuse

Many parents, including single parents, have enough to worry about without stressing over whether their little ones are safe at daycare. Yet, separation anxiety is a sign of daycare abuse a parent should not ignore.

A caregiver at a childcare facility owes a duty of care to the little ones entrusted to them and must be held accountable if a child sustains an injury while at the daycare center. They are responsible for the safety and the well-being of the children in their care, including providing food and protecting them from harm.

An experienced Chicago daycare injury lawyer from our law firm will ensure all responsible parties for your child's injury and daycare abuse at any school level are held liable to the fullest extent of Illinois law.

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Daycare Centers in Chicago

Nearly 300,000 children across Illinois are enrolled in daycare locations outside their homes.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for the licensing requirements and regulation of these programs to ensure a safe facility, including -

  • Daycare centers
  • Daycare homes
  • Group home daycare

Each daycare facility is inspected annually by the DCFS to ensure that the caregivers, locations, and programs comply with current regulations and satisfy state standards. These standards are based on an acceptable children-to-caregiver ratio.

If an incident has compromised your children's safety, it must be reported to the police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to be investigated.

Examples of such incidents are -

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Caretaker negligence
  • Emotional or psychological abuse

If your child has been abused or neglected, or if an injury occurred at a daycare facility, speak to a daycare injury attorney from our law office to assist you with a free case consultation and to ensure the at-fault party is held responsible.

Daycare Center Liability

After a child suffers a daycare injury, you could file a daycare abuse lawsuit against multiple parties after the accident, with the primary defendant being the daycare facility.

However, when you enroll your child in a daycare facility, you sometimes have to sign a liability waiver, which might interfere with a future claim for your child's injuries.

These liability waivers may state something along the lines that the facility is not legally responsible for injuries your child may sustain while on the property. Liability waivers are legally binding documents that may protect the daycare in some cases, but it does not mean the daycare provider can evade liability in all accident situations.

However, even a facility with a liability waiver, when a daycare provider engages in negligent acts — or ongoing negligent practices — deserves scrutiny. By evaluating their practices in pursuing legal action, parents can reveal violations and help promote the enforcement of state and federal laws.

If your child was injured in a daycare accident, do not hesitate to call a daycare injury attorney. They will be prepared to inform you of your legal rights in each specific situation and will fight to get compensation for your child's daycare injury and medical expenses.

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Daycare Accident Injury FAQs

Our law firm understands that you may have questions about an injury in a daycare accident. A daycare injury lawyer has answered some of the questions below.

Call one of our personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free) to schedule a free consultation to pursue compensation for your child's injury.

How are Illinois daycare facilities regulated?

Daycare centers across Illinois must meet specific health and safety guidelines, including but not limited to the following:

  • Ensuring the children's safety and that all children are supervised at all times
  • Conducting emergency drills
  • Having an adequately stocked first-aid kit
  • Maintaining a safe facility with sanitary and hazard-free conditions
  • Keeping hazardous substances and dangerous items out of reach of children
  • Ensuring the children's food and snacks are safe for consumption

Daycare centers require a director, at least twenty-one years old with two years of college or experience and fifteen hours of training/year. Each caregiver must have a medical report and background checks.

What can I do if my child suffers a daycare accident?

The daycare providers should inform you the moment that the daycare accident occurred. After picking up your child from the center, you must ensure that a competent healthcare professional evaluates and diagnoses your child's daycare injury.

If necessary, gather evidence and medical records and hire a lawyer to work on your behalf to protect your rights. If your child injury attorney establishes you have a valid injury claim, the defendants, such as the childcare school, can be held responsible.

If the facility is liable for the daycare injury, you can claim monetary compensation to cover your child's medical bills, pain and suffering, and future medical treatment.

Can a daycare provider refuse a child with a cast?

By federal law, daycare centers have no legal standing to refuse any child with a cast.

However, there are circumstances where the law allows daycare programs to refuse to care for children with disabilities if they threaten to harm others directly or if accommodating their needs would put undue hardship on the facility.

What are some common daycare injuries in children?

Infants in childcare facilities can experience various preventable injuries, including head trauma or mouth injuries from falling. The child might injure their eyes from bumping objects or a brooding infection.

Toddlers are usually at an increased risk of being injured than older infants. Older children staying at a caregiving home or daycare center sustain injuries that might include cuts, abrasions, lacerations, bruises, broken bones, and eye injuries from falling.

The three most common severe child injuries at school and childcare centers include broken bones, fractures, and accidental strangulation.

Lacerations and contusions injure children of nearly any age in childcare centers and schools when out of the playground or participating in sports. Others suffer head injuries, strains and sprains, and dislocated joints.

What do I do after my child hits their head at the daycare?

If your child was hurt after hitting their head in a daycare injury, it is vital to seek immediate medical treatment, with evaluation and diagnosis of the injuries. The doctor might diagnose a bulge or dent in the baby's soft spot on the skull caused by a dangerous accident.

There might be excessive swelling, bruising, or uncontrolled bleeding from a cut. The child might have become unconscious and not responsive to touch or the sound of your voice.

A Chicago Daycare Injury Lawyer Can Help Resolve Your Childcare Case

The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, understand the importance of childcare safety and fight for the rights of children hurt at Chicago daycare centers. We offer legal help to ensure all negligent parties are held liable for any personal injury sustained.

Did your child suffer harm in a childcare center? A Chicago daycare injury lawyer might be able to offer legal assistance and seek financial recovery on your behalf.

Contact an experienced lawyer from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 or fill out our online contact form for a no-obligation, free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney about your injured child case.

Contingency Fee Agreement

Our daycare injury lawyers from our law firm accept all serious personal injury claims and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis.

We advance all expenses in resolving claims and get paid only when negotiating a settlement or winning a jury trial award. Our "No-Win/No-Fee" Guarantee is simple: We do not get paid any legal fees if you do not win!


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