Daycare Injury and Negligence Lawyers
Every day millions of parents across the United States entrust the safety of their children to daycare providers. Many parents have no choice but to depend on daycare to look after their children while at work.
If you send your little one to a daycare facility, you do so with the expectation that they will be safe and well cared for. However, that is not always the case. Unfortunately, abuse and injury can occur even at the finest and most reputable daycare establishments in the U.S.
If your child has been hurt at a daycare facility, do not feel helpless. Daycare providers who fail to take reasonable care of your child can be liable for your child’s injuries. Daycare providers have a legal obligation to ensure the safety and protection of your child. An attorney with experience representing injured and abused children in lawsuits against daycare providers can help you seek compensation and guide you and your family through this sensitive and complex process.
Justice for Kids®
Fighting exclusively for children who have been physically, sexually, and emotionally abused or injured, or suffered a wrongful death, is the singular mission at Justice for Kids®. Our team of attorneys represents children and their families nationwide, including Florida and Illinois.
Justice for Kids® is a national premier law practice dedicated to representing abused, disabled, and catastrophically injured children who have been harmed in welfare and foster care, group home settings, and residential treatment centers, as well as children harmed in daycare facilities and the community at large. Our lawyers have earned their reputations nationally by achieving precedent-setting verdicts, rulings, and legislation, as well as securing multimillion-dollar settlements that help our clients and their families on their paths to recovery.
Protecting the Vulnerable
No one is more vulnerable than our children. For this reason, it is essential that daycare providers act diligently at all times to keep our children safe and secure. That is the primary purpose of any daycare provider―to carefully supervise the children in their care.
Common causes of daycare accidents include:
- Negligent supervision
- Negligent hiring/understaffing
- Inadequate training/procedures
- Inadequate/improper food handling
- Inadequate/improper medical care
- Lack of childproofing
- Unsanitary conditions
- Faulty/dangerous equipment
- Playground accidents
- Sexual assaults
- Abuse by staff, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
- Injuries caused by another child
When daycare providers fail to meet the standard of care owed to the children entrusted to them, the results can be catastrophic. Even the smallest oversight can result in serious harm or death to a child.
Injuries suffered by children while in the care of daycare providers can include:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Drowning or near-drowning
- Choking or suffocation
- Psychological trauma
- Sexual abuse
- Heat exhaustion or heat stroke
- Medication errors
- Brain injuries
What Should I Do If My Child was Injured at a Daycare Facility?
If you know (or suspect) that your child has been harmed at a daycare facility, remove the child from the daycare and immediately:
- Seek medical care
- Report abuse to the proper authorities (abuse hotline, police, child protective services, childcare licensing agencies)
- Document all injuries with photographs and video
- Preserve all evidence (clothing, objects, emails, phone texts, videos, paperwork, etc.)
- Report your concerns to the daycare provider and request an investigation and incident report
- Choose the right lawyer
Contact Justice for Kids®
It is important to take swift action. Evidence can be lost with delayed response times. Even if you don’t know if you have a case against your child’s daycare provider, we strongly encourage you to contact Justice for Kids® as soon as possible. If your child has suffered any type of injury or abuse while at a daycare facility, we want to help you and your family find justice, hold those responsible accountable, and make sure that another child is not harmed in the future.
At Justice for Kids®, we strongly believe that “justice delayed is justice denied,” especially with the life of a child. Litigation can take years, meaning a significant verdict may come too late to help a child in need. While we are trial lawyers, we also understand that the children we represent often have needs that cannot wait for a trial. Before any lawsuit or claim is filed, we provide expertise in seeking immediate care where necessary from skilled medical, mental health, and planning professionals. This can help prevent or minimize immediate or long-term harm from their trauma and possibly improve their prognosis.
At the same time, we are always preparing our cases in anticipation of trial while negotiating with the social service agencies, insurers, and potential defendants to obtain a fair and timely settlement, where possible. Years spent dealing with insurers have taught us that many prefer a timely resolution to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars or more defending claims. Our primary goal is to obtain justice for the children we represent and for them to begin healing as early as possible.
As true advocates for the children we represent, we help them establish life care plans and guide them through the process of creating trusts and other vehicles designed to protect the funds we recover for the damages they have suffered.
Here to Help You Every Step of the Way
The attorneys at Justice for Kids® have decades of experience fighting for the rights of children who have suffered serious personal injury, emotional harm, or wrongful death in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Jacksonville and Daytona, Florida, and all surrounding areas.
Justice for Kids® is a unique division of Kelley Kronenberg dedicated to providing legal services to abused and injured children. Kelley Kronenberg is a full-service, multi-practice, national law firm with over 400 employees, more than 200 attorneys, and 12 locations throughout Florida and the U.S.
Our team’s experience and unique approach to the representation of injured and abused children has not only secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements—our lawsuits, settlements, and case rulings have also helped change the law.
To learn more about Justice for Kids® or to schedule your confidential consultation, call us at 800-484-4381.
Meet Our Attorneys
Founder and Lead Partner
Stacie J. Schmerling
Lisa M. Elliott
Nicole R. Coniglio
Julianna B. Walo
Jillian E. Tate
Justice for Kids® – Fighting for Abused, Neglected, and Injured Children Nationwide
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