When children are injured by dangerous toys, furnishings, or other children’s products, manufacturers and resellers can be held accountable for selling the hazardous item or failing to warn consumers of the risks.
Children at Risk
Thousands of children’s products are recalled every year when dangerous designs and manufacturing defects cause injuries and fatalities. Recalled products include a variety of items such as baby cribs, highchairs, strollers, playpens, car seats, clothing, toys, foods, and medicines.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), when injuries or deaths caused by a consumer product are reported, products are recalled and pulled from store shelves. By the time a recall occurs, however, many dangerous products are already in the homes of unsuspecting parents with young children. The extensive list of infant and children’s recalls found on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website includes a wide variety of hazardous products, but many parents never check the list or don’t know that it’s available to the public.
Dangerous children’s products are often the result of manufacturing defects or unsafe components such as moving parts, toxic chemicals, batteries, and tainted ingredients. In Nevada, a Henderson injury attorney often sees serious injuries caused by children’s products including:
- Cuts and Bruises
- Broken limbs
Infants and small children are especially vulnerable to falls caused by unsafe cribs and high chairs, choking on moving or small parts in toys, burns caused by exploding batteries, strangulation from blankets and clothing, and food poisoning from tainted baby food. While some of these injuries result in a trip to the doctor’s office or a hospital emergency room, others, unfortunately, result in death.
Defective and unsafe products cause injury or death to thousands of children every year. In injury cases, parents may file a product liability lawsuit against manufacturers and suppliers of defective products. To win compensation of behalf of a client, an injury attorney must prove that the product was defective or dangerous and the defect caused the injury. In fatality cases, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed to recover damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, funeral costs, financial compensation for the victim’s family. Sometimes, punitive damages are imposed.