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Rolling Meadows personal injury attorneyWhen parents drop their children off at daycare, they trust that the staff will keep their child safe. Unfortunately, some daycare facilities do not meet these expectations. When a child is injured at daycare, nursery school, summer camp, after-school program, or another type of childcare facility, the facility may be liable for damages. The parents may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other costs.

When is a Child Care Facility Legally Responsible for a Child’s Injuries?

As any parent can tell you, children get hurt all the time. However, daycare facilities are legally obligated to prevent reasonably foreseeable injuries. The facility should be kept clean and free of hazardous objects. Children should be properly supervised. Staff should be vetted for any history of child abuse. When a daycare facility fails to uphold this duty and a child is harmed as a result, the daycare may be legally responsible for the child’s injuries.

There are almost countless ways that a daycare may be liable for injuries but, often, personal injury claims against daycare facilities involve:

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Protecting Young Children From Slip and Fall Injuries

If you are the parent of a young child, you know how frequently they fall. In fact, falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries for children between the ages of birth and 19. You can reduce your child's chance of being injured in a slip and fall by taking safety precautions in your home, such as:

Keep Stairways Clear and Secure

Stairs are one of the most dangerous tripping hazards for people of all ages. Two obvious ways to reduce your child's chances of slipping and falling on the stairs are keeping the steps clear of clutter and making sure the stairs and the handrail are maintained properly and fixed promptly when necessary. Another way to protect young children from falling on stairs is to block the stairs off with baby gates.

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