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Choosing the Right Crib for your Child

When we purchase consumer products for our children, we expect these products to be safe and function as intended. If you or your loved ones have been injured by products that have been negligently designed, manufactured, or marketed they may be able to recover for their injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances of you case, you may be able to recover for any medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, or loss of quality of life that the injury caused. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to representing the rights of people injured by other people’s negligence.

When we place our children in a crib, we expect that the crib is safe and designed in such a way as to avoid injury to your child. Crib safety is particularly important as children in cribs are less likely to be supervised than children not in cribs. As a result, it important to purchase a crib that is appropriate for your child’s needs and complies with the appropriate safety standards. Some suggestions for purchasing a safe crib include:

  • Make sure that your crib meets federal safety standards. Current standards prohibit companies from making drop-side rail drinks.
  • If you have an older crib, contact the manufacturer to see if they offer additional parts to keep the drop side from moving. Consider purchasing a new crib.
  • Make sure the slats are not more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. Wider placed slats can increase the risk of a child’s head getting stuck.
  • Make sure the crib is well constructed.
  • Check for peeling paint. Make sure all paint is not lead based.
  • Only use cribs with solid end panels.
  • If a crib does have a drop side, the lowered side should be at least 9 inches above the mattress support to prevent a child from falling out. Raised sides should be at least 26 inches above the mattress support in their lowest position.
  • All parts should be original equipment
  • Do not use a crib with missing or broken parts.
  • The mattress should be sized properly for the crib, without having any gaps in which a child’s body or limbs could become trapped.

Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation

If your child has been injured by a negligently designed, manufactured, or marketed crib, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover from the maker or seller of the crib, or there may even be third party liability. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Fayette County personal injury attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia