It is not only difficult, but often frightening for parents to try to make the right choices when purchasing products for their children and when a defective or poorly designed crib is the cause of an injury, it is natural for parents to feel guilty for what their children must endure. It is important to consider whether the child’s crib was faulty and to demand accountability from the manufacturer in order to not only recover compensation for the payment of medical care but to force change in the way cribs are designed and manufactured so that other parents must not endure what you and your family are going through.
Ways in Which a Crib Can Injure or Kill a Child
The purpose of a crib is to provide protection and comfort to a newborn child who is unable to fend for him or herself and to prevent him or her from wandering into harm’s way when not under close supervision. All too often, the crib itself becomes a hazard due to these common design flaws.
- Poorly spaced slats. A slat is one of the horizontal bars that comprise the sides of the crib and keep the child contained and safe. Poor spacing between these bars can result in the child getting caught between them. While suffocation most commonly associated with poor slat spacing, the entrapment of arms, legs and other body parts may occur as well, resulting in a lack of blood flow to the affected area.
- Material that poses suffocation hazards. Softer materials can pose this threat, especially if the child is able to become wrapped up inside of them. If a child is left alone with any object that can wrap itself around his or her body, the same material can become wrapped around his or her face, neck and head.
- Defective drop sides that fall and allow the child to fall out of the crib. It is a reasonable expectation to expect that your crib be secure and contain your child but some cribs have been shown to have defective drop sides that fall unexpectedly.
- Height is not considered in product design. Cribs that are lower to the ground are markedly safer than those that are taller for the obvious reason that should a child manage to fall from the crib, the fall will be shorter and less injurious from a shorter crib. Cribs that are too tall pose an excessive hazard.
Your Rights as a Parent and a Consumer
Many of the injuries that result from defective or poorly designed cribs affect the long term development of the child and require expensive medical treatment. Product liability laws protect consumers by allowing them to file a lawsuit when a product flaw is the direct cause or contributing factor of an injury.
Regardless of whether negligence is proven, companies must provide compensation when their products cause injuries to consumers and it is proven that the products were defective or poorly designed. The initial cost of medical treatment for your child’s injuries will be considered when determining the value of your case, but you are also entitled to the cost of any recurring costs or therapy for conditions that may be the result of the initial injury such as neurological conditions, stunted growth or permanent injuries.
The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand that you are going through an extremely difficult time and we are available not only to help you recover the compensation you will require to pay for medical treatment and therapy but also to connect you to the resources you will need to ensure that your child has everything he or she needs. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney so that you can learn more about your rights and legal options and so that we can begin to help you and your child recover from the injuries you’ve suffered.
We will never require payment for our services unless we are able to secure compensation on your behalf and our access to medical professionals and experts will not only help us build and win your case but also get your child the medical treatment and ongoing care that is needed for him or her to recover and live a healthy and happy life.