Every day, parents in Florida and across the United States put their children in shopping carts when they visit a store. If your child has been injured in a shopping cart accident, it is important to reach out to a seasoned Miami injury attorney who can analyze the facts of your case and determine whether or not you may be able to seek compensation for your harm. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a difference in your case.
Shopping cart accidents involving children are more common than you may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 24,000 children under the age of 15 are injured each year in shopping cart accidents. Of those injuries, almost 20,000 occur to children younger than five. A report from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital revealed that about 66 children are victims of shopping cart injuries each day.
Falls from shopping carts accounted for over two-thirds of shopping cart accidents. Other common causes of shopping cart injuries include broken or insufficient restraints allowing a child to slip out or unbuckle the safety belt, side or rear tip-overs due to faulty construction, falling over the cart, entrapment of limbs in the cart, and scratching or cutting due to sharp or rusty edges. The most common types of injuries that are reportedly sustained in shopping cart accidents are head injuries such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries. Other injuries may include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and contusions or lacerations.
If your child has suffered a shopping cart-related injury, you may be able to take legal action against the shopkeeper. Storeowners have a duty to make sure that their shopping carts are safe for the customers to use. As a result, if a shopping cart is not properly maintained, the storeowner may be liable under the theory of negligence. Negligence takes place when a person or business causes an injury by failing to use the level of care and caution that is expected.
If a shopping cart accident was caused due to a defect in the cart’s design or manufacture, the manufacturer may be liable for the resulting injury. A design defect is when the blueprint of the product contains the error. Put another way, it is when the product is designed defectively. A manufacturing defect, on the other hand, occurs on the assembly line or wherever the parts are put together and assembled. A manufacturer may also be liable if there was an inadequate warning of the risks associated with the use of the shopping carts.
If your child was injured in a shopping cart accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our product liability attorneys are committed to examining the facts of your case and coming up with a legal strategy accordingly. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns at every step of the way. We proudly represent clients throughout South Florida. To discuss your case in more detail, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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