You may not realize that window blinds cause a number of injuries, and even deaths, in Florida and across the country each year. Children and toddlers are particularly susceptible to such injuries. If you or your child has been injured or killed due to a dangerous window blind cord, you may be entitled to damages for your harm. At our Law Offices, our Miami product liability attorneys are ready to examine the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), window blinds and shades that come with cords to open and close window blinds are among the top five hidden dangers to children in the home. In fact, one study found that over 16,000 children in the U.S. were treated in emergency departments for injuries caused by window blinds between 1990 and 2015, an average of almost two children each day. In addition, the report found that one child per month died as a result of window blind strangulation during this time period.
The most common ways children are injured by window shade cords include being tangled in window cords while playing, sleeping, seeking attention, or trying to get out of their crib, and when toddlers attempt to look outside a window and climb onto a piece of furniture placed near the window, after which they lose their balance and fall while getting tangled in the window cord.
When window blind cords cause injuries, the injured party may be able to file a premises liability or product liability claim, depending on the circumstances. Property owners have an obligation to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If a hotel, daycare, or any other place negligently permits a window blind cord hazard to exist on their property, and that hazard causes injuries, the property owner may be liable through a premises liability claim.
Manufacturers also have a duty to design and make window blind cords that do not pose a choking or strangulation hazard to individuals, especially children. If an injury was caused directly by such a defect in the window cords, the manufacturer or retailer may be liable through a product liability claim.
We know that no amount of money can reverse the harm your child has suffered, but the compensation can help deal with the bills that often pile up after such an incident. Typically, an injured plaintiff can recover a variety of damages, including medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other losses arising from the accident.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone close to you has recently suffered an injury as a result of a blind cord, we can help. At our Law Offices, our seasoned Miami product liability attorneys have the skill and experience to handle your case. We are committed to providing detail-oriented and personalized representation at each step of the way. For a free consultation about your injury lawsuit, do not hesitate to call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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