Day Care Injuries
Chicago Day Care Injury Attorney
When you entrust a child to a day care provider, the last thing that you expect is that they would become injured because of the negligence of the provider. Unintentional accidents caused by careless day care providers are unacceptable under the law. When you entrust your child to a daycare facility, you are trusting that your child is being cared for in a reasonably safe manner.
Children can suffer injuries because a day care center has poorly maintained facilities, is inadequately staffed, and/or employs underqualified or otherwise incompetent caretakers. Some children may be unable to report injuries because of their age, and others may fear reporting these injuries. Experts in child development are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a child’s developmental years. Even injuries that do not cause physically lasting damage can affect a child’s cognitive development in a real and impactful way.
Learning that your child was injured while away from home because of a care facility’s negligence is very troubling. In addition to a personal injury claim, you may be able to file charges of child abuse against a day care facility. Consulting a qualified Chicago-based law firm is the first step in determining the best course of action.
When a Child or Family Member is Injured While at Day Care
Day care providers have a duty to care for those in their custody. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander always provide a free initial case evaluation to determine the best course of action in a day care accident case. Our firm works with industry experts to analyze the evidence in a case and determine who is at fault for your child’s injury.
Day care providers are responsible for providing a safe day care environment. Any employee responsible for child care who fails to maintain that environment or act with reasonable care may be found liable for any resulting injuries. A significant part of the case will rest on the legal system’s evaluation of case circumstances.
Foreseeable injuries may include those arising from:
- Unsanitary conditions
- Improper supervision
- Failure to maintain the premises to industry safety standards
- Failure to document and follow any special needs of a child under the facility’s care
- Failure to secure the premises against outside threats or children leaving the facility unwatched
Anyone who places a child in a daycare center should be mindful of the signs of negligence and abuse. Be aware of a child’s fearfulness upon arriving at the facility, and watch for bruises or other physical signs of injury. If you notice evidence of negligence or neglect, the best course of action is to consult a Chicago personal injury attorney.
Avoiding Negligence in Day Care Facilities
Get involved in your child’s daycare by getting to know the provider company and the employees who work there. Maintain an open line of communication with the provider and address any questions or situations as soon as possible. Parents must be vigilant in choosing their children’s day care, because the potential for negligence and abuse is high. Childcare providers and parents should familiarize themselves with Illinois state regulations of family home providers to ensure that protocols for safety are being met.
Illinois regulates three forms of day cares: home care (at the parent’s residence), day care facilities, and licensed home care providers. Make sure that your form of care is licensed through the state and meets all required qualifications. Failing to adequately research a care provider can lead to complications in a legal process arising from a claim.
Contact The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander for a free, honest consultation regarding your daycare accident case.