Purchasing a crib is among the most important parts of preparing your home for a new arrival to your family. Cribs are designed to be places where infants may safely rest and sleep. Unfortunately, they do not always function as intended, and every year thousands of innocent children are injured because of faulty crib design or manufacture. In fact, the results of a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics indicate that nearly 10,000 children under 2 were injured by cribs, playpens, or bassinets, with 83 percent of these injuries being attributable to cribs. Crib defects can cause serious injuries to children, which have the potential to result in long-term disabilities or even be fatal. When defective cribs cause injury, victims and their families may be able to recover for their losses.
Clearwater Infant Crib Injuries
There are a number of ways that a crib can injure a child. Some of the more common include:
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Entrapment risks
- Collapsing beds
- Defective railings that allow the child to fall out of the crib
- Failure to meet regulatory standards
- Exposed Hardware
- Corner posts and other catch points that may snag a child’s clothing
- Unclear assembly instructions
These hazards have the potential to cause serious injuries, including broken bones, suffocation, traumatic brain injuries, and severed digits. In more serious cases, infants deprived of oxygen for even a short period of time may develop brain damage that can result in serious cognitive issues that may significantly affect their quality of life. Fortunately, an experienced Clearwater products liability attorney can help hold negligent crib manufacturers liable for these and other injuries caused by defective crib design. To learn more about crib safety, new and expecting parents can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s crib information center website here.
Contact a Clearwater products liability attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Defective cribs can cause serious injuries that may result in losses such as medical expenses, the cost of rehabilitative care, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life, among others. The experienced lawyers of the Dolman Law Group, are dedicated to helping victims of defective crib design and manufacture recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our product liability attorneys, call our office today at (773) 451-6900. To send us an email, please fill out and submit our online contact form available here.