Thousands of parents in the Chicago area drop their child off at daycare in the mornings before work. While they are away, parents trust their chosen daycare facility with their child’s safety and well-being. Few things can be as frightening as a call from a daycare informing you that you child has been injured.
While daycares must abide by strict regulations in order to be licensed in Illinois and should be monitored by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), accidents and injuries still happen at daycare facilities on a regular basis in the Chicago area. If your child has been injured, do not wait to call our dedicated personal injury law firm for help today.
Common Daycare Accidents and Injuries
Children can be involved in many types of accidents or incidents that cause serious injuries at daycare. Some common accidents include the following:
- Being dropped
- Playground accidents
- Fights with other children
- Choking on toys or food
- Wandering outside the daycare—possibly near a street
- Abuse by daycare providers
- Abuse or injuries caused by outside parties
- Swimming pool or other drowning accidents
Some of the above accidents may result in cuts, bruises, or relatively minor injuries. Others, however, can cause severe physical and emotional damage to your child. In any event, daycare injuries cost money to treat properly and many parents want to know whether they can hold a daycare liable for their child’s injuries. In addition, many parents are understandably angry when a daycare is negligent and want to seek justice for the harm done to their child.
Who Is Responsible for Your Child’s Injury?
Every parent knows that children can be clumsy and precocious. Even the most vigilant and responsible parents still have dealt with accidents and injuries to their child at home. Sometimes, when a child is injured at daycare, it is not anyone else’s fault and is simply a result of a child’s own behavior.
However, in other situations, children are injured because the daycare was negligent in some manner. To prove negligence, you must demonstrate that the daycare breached the duty of care it owed to your child and that the breach caused your child’s injuries. Some examples of daycare negligence are as follows:
- Not properly supervising a child when needed
- Allowing access to toys or objects that are inappropriate for a child’s age
- Having conditions at the facility that do not meet minimum standards for health and safety
- Having inadequate security to keep out potentially harmful adults
- Having staff who abuse or assault children
- Having dangerous pools, playgrounds, or other equipment
- Improperly storing food, causing illness
- Maintaining unsanitary conditions
Contact Our Chicago Premises Liability Attorneys for Help Today
If you believe your child’s daycare was negligent and your child was injured as a result, your first call should be to the law firm of Abels & Annes. If you have a case, we will fight for your right to hold the daycare liable for its negligence and your losses, so please call our Chicago personal injury lawyers at 312-924-7575 for more information.