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Rockford personal injury attorneyIf you are a parent, you know how difficult it can be to leave your child in the care of someone else. Whether you are dropping the child off at school, daycare, or extracurricular activities, you likely worry about the quality of care and supervision that you child will receive. While the majority of childcare workers take pride in keeping children’s safety their top priority, some facilities employ staff who do not take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of the children left in their care. When childcare staff, bus drivers, teachers, nannies, and other individuals tasked with caring for children fail to properly do their job, the results can be deadly.

Three-Year-Old Boy Passes Away After Being Left in Hot Bus

A Houston bus driver has recently been indicted for “injury to a child by recklessly causing serious bodily injury or death” almost exactly a year after he allegedly left a young boy in a scorching hot bus. The horrific incident was first discovered when the boy’s father came to pick up his child from a Houston area daycare. When workers could not locate the child, the father started searching for his son. That is when he found his three-year-old unresponsive in the 113-degree daycare bus. The children had taken a field trip to a park, but not every child had disembarked the bus upon their return. Despite efforts to save the young boy’s life, he passed away.

Prosecutors Say Bus Driver’s Negligence Caused the Child’s Tragic Death

The issue of children being left in hot cars or buses is sadly not unheard of. According to Kids and Cars, a safety organization working to prevent incidents such as this, an average of 37 children die every year after being left in hot vehicles. Because of the heartbreaking frequency of child deaths related to hot cars, some buses are equipped with special safety measures to prevent children from being left unattended. Prosecutors say that although this bus had a passenger safety alarm designed to prevent passengers from being left behind, the bus driver had disengaged this alarm. The parents of the boy killed in the hot bus have filed a lawsuit against the daycare.

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Rockford playground injuries attorneySummer can be a wonderful time for adults and children alike to enjoy a break from school and spend more outside. The last thing a family enjoying a public park or playground needs to worry about is whether or not the equipment the children are playing on is safe. While most playground injuries are only small bruises and cuts, sadly, much more serious injuries and even deaths have occurred due to playground accidents. If your child has been hurt or has passed away because of a playground accident, you may have a valid personal injury or wrongful death claim.

Top Causes of Playground Accidents

Of course, sometimes playground accidents occur and are not caused by carelessness on anyone’s part, the accident is just bad luck. However, many serious or fatal playground accidents are caused by negligence. Improperly constructed or installed playground equipment can have pieces which are broken, unsecured, or are otherwise unsafe. Equipment which is not properly maintained can rust away and break, exposing children to hazards which can seriously injure them. Sometimes, a playground injury is caused by inadequate supervision of children.

Injuries Which Can Be Caused by Playground Negligence    

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency room departments treat over 200,000 children under age 14 for injuries sustained on a playground every year. While some of these injuries are minor cuts and bruises, the CDC estimates that nearly a half of these injuries include serious internal injuries, fractures and broken bones, dislocations, concussions, and amputations. Some playground injuries can leave a child permanently disabled or disfigured. When negligence is the cause of a serious or fatal playground accident, the parents of the child injured or killed may be able to collect compensation through a personal injury claim.

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Rockford personal injury attorneysFor some, the thought of riding a huge rollercoaster at a theme park is exhilarating. Others avoid amusement park rides entirely. One reason people may hesitate before getting on an amusement park attraction is because they have seen footage of deadly amusement park accidents on the news. While major injuries and deaths at amusement parks are rare, these types of accidents can happen. Most theme park injuries are not related to malfunctioning rides but instead are caused by more mundane issues like uneven walkways and spilled liquids. When an amusement park is not adequately maintained and this negligence leads to a guest’s injury or death, the park and its ownership can be held liable.

Amusement Park Attractions Must Be Inspected

In Illinois, the Carnival and Amusement Rides Safety Act requires theme park attractions to be inspected before they are opened to the public and to be re-inspected annually. Every year, operators must obtain a permit from the Illinois Department of Labor that serves as proof of the inspection. If a ride or another theme park attraction is operated without a permit or inspection, the operator may face criminal charges. If someone is injured on a ride which was not properly inspected, this could give rise to a negligence claim and, in fact, a presumption of negligence on the part of the park operator.

An Environmental Hazard Can Lead to an Injury Claim

Most of the amusement park injuries we hear about on the news are catastrophic injuries or deaths caused by a malfunctioning ride or attraction. Many remember the tragic events which took place at the Ohio State Fair in July of 2017 when a piece of the “Fireball” ride broke off and sent riders plummeting to the ground. A young man was killed and several others were injured during this accident. It was eventually discovered that excessive corrosion had caused the ride to break apart.

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Winnebago County personal injury attorneysMost people never expect to suffer an injury while they are enjoying a nice meal in a restaurant. Fortunately, restaurant patrons in Illinois who have been injured due to negligence are often able to recover compensation for damages. Read on to learn about premises liability suits for injuries that occur in restaurants and what you should do if you were injured due to another party’s carelessness.

Slip and Fall Injuries Sustained at Restaurants

There are several different ways that a person could be injured while out to eat. One of the most common injuries sustained by restaurant patrons is a slip and fall injury. For example, when staff neglect to clean up spills, they create an environmental hazard that could cause a customer to slip and fall. Sometimes falls result in nothing but a bruise or two. However, if the injured person hit their head or spine when they fell, the resulting physical damage could be much worse.

Slip and fall accidents are especially concerning for elderly or disabled individuals. A fall which would only result in minor injuries to a healthy person could result in broken bones or worse in an elderly, sick, or disabled person. Poor lighting, uneven surfaces, icy walkways, and broken stairs contribute to falls as well.

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Winnebago County personal injury lawyersMany working parents send their children to daycare, before and after school programs, summer camps or another type of childcare. These programs can be wonderful tools for working parents or for parents who want their children to have some extra socialization and education. Unfortunately, not every childcare organization meets the expectations parents have regarding health and safety. Some daycares are not kept to a high standard of cleanliness and others are staffed by undertrained or underqualified employees. If your child suffered an injury or illness because of negligence on the part of a daycare or childcare facility, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages through a personal injury suit. 

Always Get Injuries Evaluated by a Medical Professional 

As with any injury claim, the person bringing the claim, called the claimant, and his or her legal team must prove that the injury caused damages. The best way to show proof of this is with medical reports and bills. Bringing a successful personal injury suit without an official medical report can be nearly impossible. Do not hesitate to talk your child to the doctor or emergency room if he or she is injured at while under the supervision of a daycare or childcare facility. You may also be able to seek compensation for your child’s pain and suffering in addition to medical bills.  

Daycare Center Duty of Care 

Not every injury that occurs at a daycare is the result of negligence. Sometimes children simply get hurt when they are playing. However, it is the duty of the daycare facility to minimize the chances of injury as much as possible. In the law, the term “due care” is used to refer to the degree of care that a reasonable person would exercise to prevent foreseeable harm. The question of liability or blame for a child’s injury usually comes down to whether or not the daycare facility or staff failed their duty of providing appropriate care.

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