Daycare Injuries

Personal Injury
Daycare Injuries


Over 14 million preschool-age children attend some type of daycare each day. Parents and guardians trust that care providers for their children will protect them from undue harm. While most daycare environments are safe and employ trustworthy staff, some daycare providers and owners are negligent and increase the chances that the children in their charge will sustain a preventable injury. If your child comes home from daycare with an injury you suspect was due to daycare staff negligence, do not waste time seeking advice from a qualified Chicago personal injury attorney. After such an incident, taking the right steps will positively impact your rights to compensation for your child’s injuries.


What to Do After a Daycare Injury

Seek Medical Treatment: Your child’s health and well-being are paramount. Your priority should be getting them the medical care they need. Whether you are called to the daycare regarding an injury your child has sustained or discover it after you pick your child up, take them to an emergency room, urgent care center, or to see their pediatrician (depending on the severity of the injury).

A healthcare provider will ensure that your child receives prompt treatment, but the visit will also begin a paper trail documenting the injuries. The sooner the medical record exists, the more likely your injury claim will be successful. Suppose you wait a few days after your child receives an injury. In that case, the daycare’s legal team may later assert that the injuries weren’t severe enough to warrant immediate medical attention or that your child did not actually receive their injuries at the daycare facility. Even if the injury seems minor at the time, it is best to seek immediate medical treatment.

Collect Evidence: As with any legal claim, you and your Chicago personal injury lawyer will need evidence to prove it. For daycare injuries, evidence can come in many forms. In order to ensure that all related evidence is gathered and properly preserved, do the following as soon as possible:

  • Take pictures of any visible injuries – Be sure the lighting is sufficient and take photos from different angles and over several consecutive days.
  • Keep an injury journal for your child – Document how you discovered the injury, your child’s symptoms and behavior, the pain your child is in, and what challenges your child is experiencing due to the injury.
  • Obtain witness statements – If anyone might have witnessed your child’s injury, dangerous conditions, or negligent care at the daycare, ask them to provide a witness statement and contact information. Your Chicago personal injury attorney may want to speak to them at a later date.

Retain an Attorney

Finally, retain a Chicago personal injury lawyer. The sooner you meet with an attorney, the sooner you can take steps to protect your rights. Your lawyer will advise you as to what steps to take next and what to expect. He or she can tell you if you have a viable case and for how much it might be worth.



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