Chicago Child Injury Lawyer

September 5, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

Every day across Chicago, children sustain preventable injuries. Some of them suffer lasting trauma that diminishes their health, happiness, and well-being for months, years, or even a lifetime. When those injuries occur because an adult failed to take reasonable steps to protect the child's safety, the injured child and their family deserve compensation.

If an adult, business, or institution has caused an injury to your child when they could have prevented it, you may have the right to take legal action seeking monetary damages. Contact a Chicago child injury lawyer at Dolman Law Group Injury Lawyers, PA, in Chicago today for a free consultation to learn about your options.

Schedule A Free Consultation

Skilled, Compassionate Child Injury Lawyers in Chicago

Chicago child injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, is an award-winning personal injury law firm serving clients nationwide, including Chicago and its environs. We're known as a team of firm, determined trial lawyers who stop at nothing to ensure our clients receive justice and fair compensation for losses due to someone else's wrongdoing.

Child injury cases constitute a core focus of our law practice. In every child injury case we handle, our mission is to provide compassionate, intelligent legal advice and services, which we tailor to your unique needs and priorities.

As many of our lawyers are parents, we understand the pain and anguish you suffer when your child sustains a severe, preventable injury. We will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the financial support you need to pay for medical care and plan for the future.

<video playsinline="" controls="" class="video"><source src="" type="video/mp4"></video>

Child Injury Compensation in Chicago


Under Illinois law, parents—as their child's legal guardian—have the right to take legal action on their child's behalf to seek compensation from anyone who carelessly, recklessly, or intentionally harms their child. If parents do not exercise that right, an injured child can do so in their own name once they turn 18.

Liability for a child's injury can fall on any individual who, or business, institution, or entity that fails to live up to a duty of care to safeguard children's safety and well-being. This can include parties responsible for caring for or supervising children, such as teachers, daycare providers, coaches, and scout leaders. It can also include anyone whose misconduct endangers the public, such as a reckless driver who causes a crash or a business that dumps toxic waste near a residential neighborhood.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we examine the evidence to identify every party who may owe damages for a child's injuries. We then set to work securing the maximum compensation from those parties and their insurers.

Although every child injury case in Chicago that we handle differs, we typically pursue payment for such losses as:

  • Past and future medical expenses related to treating the injury and any resulting health complications.
  • Non-medical costs—past and future—related to adapting to or living with the injury.
  • Loss of parental income and job benefits from missing or leaving work to care for an injured child.
  • Loss of the child's future earning potential and opportunities due to the injury.
  • The child's physical pain from the injury and medical treatments.
  • The child's emotional suffering from the trauma of the injury and its long-term effects.
  • The child's diminished quality or enjoyment of life.
  • Scarring, disfigurement, or loss of bodily function.

Sometimes, injured children and grieving parents can also secure punitive damages from a Cook County court, which punish the at-fault party for especially reckless or malicious misconduct. In the tragic case of injuries that take the life of a child in Chicago, their parents may have a right under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act to seek monetary damages for their loss from those at fault.

The types and amounts of compensation you may recover in a Chicago child injury case can depend on many factors. These include the nature and severity of your child's injury, the strength of the evidence supporting a claim for damages, the skill and reputation of the lawyer you select to handle your child's case, and the financial resources—such as assets or liability insurance coverage—the at-fault party can draw upon to pay your losses.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, in Chicago, we pledge to seek the maximum compensation for your child's injury so that you can pay for their care and plan for their future. Contact us to learn more.

Types of Child Injury Cases We Handle in Chicago

Matt Dolman attorney for child injury in Chicago

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we have vast experience handling a wide range of child injury cases. Children are vulnerable to injury in many situations, and the adults responsible for their safety have a duty to protect them.

Preventable accidents that leave children badly injured occur frequently. Our team can handle virtually any Chicago child injury case, including those involving the following scenarios.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents are a  leading cause of preventable child injuries. Crashes on highways, such as the I-90, major thoroughfares, such as Lake Shore Drive, and the neighborhood streets of the South Side often inflict severe injuries on child passengers and children riding bikes or crossing the street.

We fight to make sure reckless drivers and others responsible for those accidents pay for the harm they cause.

Accidents and Incidents at Schools and Daycare Centers

Whether it concerns falls from playground equipment or assaults in the halls of a high school, we handle cases involving negligence on school grounds throughout Chicago. Teachers, ed-techs, daycare workers, and school administrators have a duty to supervise children and ensure the safety of facilities where they spend their days.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we seek to hold schools, daycares, and their personnel accountable for any harm that befalls a child in their care, including physical injuries in accidents and emotional trauma due to bullying or harassment.

Owners and operators of Chicago-area recreational facilities that attract children have a special duty to ensure child safety and must take reasonable steps to ensure it. That can mean hiring lifeguards at public pools, fencing in private pools to prevent children from accessing them, maintaining netting around backyard trampolines, building safety features into skate parks, and maintaining playground equipment in safe working conditions.

The Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, team in Chicago fights to hold the owners and operators of these facilities responsible when a child sustains an injury because of an unsafe condition that was preventable.

Child Sports Injuries

Coaches, referees, schools, sports leagues, and sports facility owners must take care to ensure that child athletes stay safe during training sessions and competitions. Children should never have to run the risk of sustaining severe injuries and health problems because an adult failed to oversee their activities responsibly.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can seek compensation for young athletes when they sustain preventable trauma at practice or in a game due to an adult's negligence.

Child Sexual Abuse

Revelations concerning Chicago-area churches, schools, the Park District, Boy Scouts, and other institutions that care for children have drawn attention to the tragic and sickening fact that some adults take advantage of their positions of trust to sexually abuse children.

Illinois law gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse rights to pursue claims for compensation against their abusers and anyone who facilitated or turned a blind eye to predatory behavior that harmed a child. You may even have a viable claim for compensation relating to childhood abuse that occurred decades ago.

Contact Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, today to learn more.

Defective Products

Every day, Chicago-area children sustain injuries due to the poor design of or a fault in products, including toys, car seats, cribs, and household cleaners. The manufacturers of these products have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure they are safe, particularly for vulnerable children.

When they fail to meet this responsibility, it may result in preventable injuries, for which they may be accountable. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has the resources and know-how to hold even the biggest manufacturers accountable for harming children with their defective products.

Types of Child Injuries for Which We Can Secure Compensation

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, has years of experience pursuing compensation for many injuries that children commonly suffer in preventable accidents and incidents.

We know how to secure payment for a child's:

This is just a partial list, of course. Our lawyers understand that each child injury case is unique, with its highly personal circumstances and challenges. No matter what type of trauma your child sustained in Chicago, the Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, team has the skill and experience to handle it effectively. No child injury case is too complex or too contentious for us to tackle.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, Fights Insurance Companies for You

Attorney Matthew Dolman discussing Chicago child injury case with client

In most Chicago-based child injury cases, insurance should pay for at least some of the costs you face. You may carry insurance that covers some of the expenses, such as your child's medical care, up to a defined limit and subject to copays and deductibles. If someone else's wrongful actions harmed your child, however, that party—and specifically, that party's liability insurance coverage—should pay the bulk of your losses.

Obtaining payment from insurance companies is no easy task, especially when you are caring for an injured child.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we handle all the insurance matters for you. We understand the tactics insurers use to try to avoid their financial obligations in child injury cases, and we fight to hold them accountable for every cent they owe.

Affordable Representation for Your Child's Injury Case in Chicago

The aftermath of a child's injury is stressful and overwhelming. The last thing you need to worry about is the cost of hiring a Chicago child injury lawyer. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, makes it affordable to hire us to handle your child injury case in Chicago.

We offer a free case consultation if you believe someone else's wrongful conduct caused your child's injuries. A knowledgeable, compassionate legal professional from our team will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and provide an initial assessment of your potential legal options.

Dolman Law Group Personal Injury Lawyers in Chicago

We also take Chicago child injury cases on a contingent fee basis, which means you do not pay us for our services unless and until we secure compensation for you. We believe every child, and their family, deserves top-quality personal injury representation. Our goal is to make justice accessible to everyone, and our contingency fee payment structure is a critical part of that commitment.

Contact an Experienced Chicago Child Injury Lawyer Today

Matthew Dolman, Attorney for Chicago Child Injury
Matthew Dolman, Child Injury Attorney in Chicago

No child in Chicago should suffer harm because of an adult's dangerous conduct or careless decision-making. It does happen, however, and when it does, those children and their parents deserve justice and fair compensation.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, can get it for them. We fight to secure the money you need after your child suffers a preventable injury in Chicago. Contact us online or call our Chicago office today at (312) 500-2901 for your free case consultation with an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer.

Glad I chose Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. Hiring Matt Dolman is the best decision you could make if you are injured in an accident. He resolved my case quickly (it only took about 4 1/2 months) and it was a pleasure to deal with the staff. The communication was great as I always knew what to expect with each stage of the process.


Refreshing. It was very refreshing to work with an attorney that took such a professional and personal approach to helping me with my legal needs. I was kept informed on everything Mr. Dolman was doing so I never felt “in the dark”. Another positive was Mr. Dolman’s knowledge in the trial procedures. I never felt misled through the whole process and recieved the services and results that I was promised upon our initial consultation. There were no unexpected issues or occurrences.



Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

Learn More