Common Injuries to Children in Daycare Facilities

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney - Horn Law, P.C.You hire a daycare provider or child care center to watch after your children while you are at work. They are supposed to be responsible, hire trained care professionals and keep your children safe. Unfortunately, childcare centers can be a safety hazard for children. While these injuries are often labeled as “accidents,” the majority of them are preventable.

Unintentional Daycare Injuries Are Common

Unintentional injuries are extremely common in care facilities. That means that the care provider did not intend for these injuries to occur, but that does not mean that these injuries were not preventable. Some common unintentional injuries seen in daycare facilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Minor Injuries – These can range from cuts to scrapes to bruises. They often are the result of falls, trips, spills, etc. Some are explained by a child’s lack of balance or just child play, while other times safety hazards in the facility facilitated these injuries.
  2. Severe Injuries – These can include dislocations, broken bones, neck injuries or head trauma. While still accidents, these are more serious injuries that are often caused by some type of negligence – such as defective playground equipment, inadequate supervision or violence from another child.
  3. Poisoning – Whether it is from food poisoning or a dangerous chemical, poisoning cases are seen in daycare facilities. Often these are the result of improper food handling procedures, sick day care workers returning to work before they are cleared or improper storage of dangerous and hazardous chemicals.
  4. Burns – Burns can occur in the kitchens, near heaters, etc. These are often due to negligent supervision or a day care facility’s inability to properly childproof their grounds.
  5. Car Accidents – Some daycare providers will take children to and from school, transport them to special activities, etc. While often the car accident is caused by another driver, there are instances where the daycare worker was negligent – such as being distracted while driving or even under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  6. Choking – This can occur when a child is allowed to play with a toy that is too small or because of inadequate supervision. In these cases, a child could suffer from long-term injuries or even death.

What If My Child Is Injured?

If your child was injured at a daycare facility or in a car accident while being transported by the daycare facility, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Kansas City personal injury attorney at Horn Law today. We can discuss the facts of your case and help determine if you have a valid claim against the daycare facility, employees or another party. To get started, schedule your case assessment appointment at 816-795-7500 or fill out an online contact form with your questions.

Is Your Child at Risk for a Hoverboard Injury?

Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney - Horn Law, P.C.After the holidays, everyone is out testing their latest gadgets and toys. One of the more popular purchases for Christmas 2015 was the new hoverboard. While they’ve been out for a few months, hoverboards have already tallied up an excessive number of injuries – ranging from falls and slips to even fires. According to recent reports, hoverboards have been reported for randomly bursting into flames.

Already there are two lawsuits underway in the country. One is by a couple that is suing a retailer after their hoverboard caused a serious fire in their home. Another lawsuit comes from New York where a father has filed a suit against the manufacturer after his son’s hoverboard exploded into flames while charging.

While these are the only two lawsuits currently underway, the number of injuries and especially those caused by fires continues to increase.

The Risk of Hoverboards

Hoverboards cost upwards of $500 and are not actual floating devices; instead, hoverboards are electric scooters without handles. A rider must balance themselves on the platform while being propelled by two wheels. The hoverboards are designed to make balance easier, but that does not mean a person is free from the risk of falling – and encountering serious injuries because of those falls.

Already emergency rooms are seeing an increase in the number of injuries they have treated directly related to hoverboards. This includes fractures, sprains, contusions, lacerations, brain injuries, concussions and more.

There is an alarming number of reports that hoverboards have burst into flames – causing whole house fires or damaging the rooms they are in. Because of these reports, three of the country’s largest airlines – Delta, United Airlines and American Airlines – have all banned them from their allowed cargo lists. New York City has also banned the use of hoverboards and Amazon has started to pull certain models from their website.

Hoverboard manufacturers claim that the risks are spelled out clearly in their user manuals – but it is unlikely they address the risk of sudden explosions. Some manufacturers have gone as far to state that users are not charging with the proper charging device; therefore, they caused their own fire. In reality, the charger provided with the hoverboard is unique; and it is unlikely a user would find something similar on the market to replace it.

The cause of the fires is unknown, but some believe it is the use of inexpensive lithium ion batteries and battery defects.

Was Your Child Injured by a Defective Hoverboard or in Another Way?

When a child suffers an injury, it can be devastating. Young children should be able to enjoy their presents without risk of serious injury. If your child has been injured because of a defective hoverboard or they have suffered their injuries in another way, contact the Kansas City attorneys at Horn Law today for a consultation. Schedule your appointment at 816-795-7500 or fill out an online contact form with your legal questions.