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Attorneys for Child Injuries Caused by DCFS Negligence in Springfield, Peoria, Champaign, and Bloomington

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) provides an essential service by addressing reports of suspected child abuse or neglect and taking steps to protect children's safety. Unfortunately, there are a wide variety of cases where children may suffer injuries because DCFS personnel did not follow the correct procedures, and these injuries may occur because of understaffing, lack of training, or other failures on the part of the agency. In fact, around 100 children who are involved with DCFS die each year. Following a child's wrongful death, a skilled lawyer can help families understand government liability and determine how they can receive financial compensation for their losses.

With over 40 years of experience in the field of personal injury, the law firm of Kanoski Bresney provides dedicated representation to victims and their families. If your child has suffered an injury because DCFS failed to protect their safety, we can help you understand your legal options. We have helped our clients recover a total of more than $400 million in injury cases, and we will fight to make sure you are repaid for the harm your child and your family members have suffered.

DCFS Liability for Injuries or Wrongful Death

There are a variety of safety issues that may affect children when they are at home, at school, or at a child care facility. Certain people, such as teachers, doctors, therapists, or coaches, are considered "mandated reporters" who are required to report suspicions that children may be the victims of abuse or neglect or that they are in an environment where they may be at risk of injury. DCFS is required to investigate these reports, and personnel may take action to protect children's safety, including removing children from an unsafe home or requiring parents to agree to a safety plan meant to protect children from harm.

Many DCFS investigations are related to reports of domestic violence, including physical abuse of children or others in their household. Signs that children are suffering from neglect, such as lack of nutrition or improper supervision, may also trigger an investigation. Other safety issues that DCFS may look into include the sale or manufacture of illegal drugs in a home, a parent's history of drug or alcohol abuse, or children being allowed or coerced into participating in criminal activity.

In some cases, children may suffer harm because DCFS personnel do not properly investigate reports of abuse or neglect. Staff members may also fail to take the necessary action to protect children's safety, or they may not follow up on a case and ensure that parents or caretakers are meeting the requirements of a safety plan. Children who have been removed from a home may also suffer harm while in the care of DCFS, including situations where injuries occur at a foster home or group home.

DCFS is also required to perform regular inspections of daycare centers and childcare facilities. Unfortunately, these inspections may not always be completed correctly due to understaffing at DCFS or other types of administrative issues. If inspections are not performed, or if DCFS personnel do not take the necessary steps to require a facility to address safety issues, children may be put at risk of injury due to hazardous conditions or abuse by staff members.

Contact Our Macon County Child Injury Lawyers

If you or a member of your family have been injured because of government employee negligence, Kanoski Bresney can help you determine the best steps you can take to receive financial compensation. These cases are often more complicated than other types of personal injuries, and we will work with you to meet all legal requirements when filing a claim while also fighting to make sure a government organization that was responsible for your injuries is held liable for the harm your family has suffered. Contact our office today at 888-U-COUNT-2 or 888-826-8682 to arrange a free consultation and learn more about how we can help with your case. We provide legal help to families in cases involving DCFS throughout Illinois, including Bloomington, Sangamon County, Tazewell County, Adams County, Rushville, Champaign County, Peoria, Macon County, Springfield, McLean County, Quincy, Schuyler County, McDonough County, Champaign, Decatur, Peoria County, Pekin, and Macomb.

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