Parents’ main concern is their child’s well-being. When you put your baby into a crib, you expect the baby to be safe. Unfortunately, defective cribs cause serious injuries or death to thousands of infants each year. If your child was injured due to a defective crib, it is important to reach out to a Miami product liability attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have the experience and dedication to handle your case. You can rest assured that we will work carefully to make sure that your family’s rights are protected at every step of the way.
In 2011, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that over 11 million cribs, bassinets, and play yards had been recalled since 2007. In that year alone, CPSC recalled 1,040,000 cribs and bassinets from just one manufacturer. Cribs pose dangers of which you may not even be aware. The following are several types of crib hazards that may cause injuries to your child:
- Strangulation: Blankets, sheets, or clothing may become wrapped around the baby’s face, neck, or head and lead to cutting off their air supply. Crib bumpers also pose the risk of strangulation.
- Suffocation: Blankets, sheets, or clothing can also pose a risk if they are not fitted, and the baby can get underneath them and accidentally suffocate. The same applies to crib bumper pads.
- Falling out: A baby may be at risk of falling out of the crib if the mattress is too high. In addition, defective drop sides that fall and allow the child to fall out of the crib may be a cause of an unexpected injury to your child.
- Poorly spaced slats: Crib slats that are too far apart may enable your child to slip through and fall. While suffocation is most commonly associated with poor spacing, it can also result in a child’s limb becoming stuck between the slats, resulting in the entrapment of arms, legs, or other body parts.
If your child was injured due to a faulty crib, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the at-fault party. Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the stream of commerce and ultimately into the hands of a consumer. Product liability claims can be divided in the following ways: manufacturing defects (i.e., a defect in the way the product was made), design defects (i.e., a defect in the way the product was designed), and failure to warn (i.e., a failure to warn consumers about hazards associated with the product’s use). To win on such a claim, the plaintiff must show that the faulty product caused the injury even though the plaintiff was using the product as intended.
Our skilled Miami product liability lawyers work hard to hold negligent manufacturers, designers, and retailers accountable for defective or unsafe cribs. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand the nuances of this area of law and can apply our knowledge to your case. Our firm has provided many South Florida clients with the personalized representation they deserve, and we can do the same for you. For more information, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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