All parents want to make certain they do their best to keep their small children safe. Given the large amount of equipment and products parents must purchase these days to comfortably accommodate a baby or small child, you may find it difficult to choose the best products. If a product is approved for safe use by a baby or small child, you want to trust that it is, in fact, safe. Unfortunately, few manufactured products are safe 100% of the time, and products made for the nursery are no exception.
According to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2010, emergency rooms saw approximately 81,700 injuries in children under the age of five that were associated with products for the nursery. The leading cause of injury was falling, likely due to a faulty restraint on a product, and the most commonly injured area was the child’s head. If your child has been injured by a product you trusted, a Fayette County products liability attorney can assist you in recovering for medical bills and any additional pain and suffering you or your child has sustained.
The products associated with a majority of injuries in small children include:
- Car seats and other infant carriers
- Strollers and baby carriages
- Walkers, baby bouncers, or baby exercisers
- Bassinets or cradles
- Cribs or crib mattresses
- Bath gates or barriers
- Playpens/Pack and plays/play yards
Infant carriers and car seats alone accounted for almost 17,000 injuries, and this discounts any motor vehicle accidents. Most of these injuries occurred while transporting the child to or from the house and car. Falls from car seats, high chairs, strollers, etc. can easily cause injury to the tender head of your baby or small child. Hitting their head can potentially cause traumatic brain injuries. Even a mild traumatic brain injury can cause cognitive impairments and developmental difficulties for your baby or small child. Such brain injuries can require long lasting, and sometimes life-long therapy or treatment.
If you have a small child, most of these common items will certainly be found in your house and used regularly by you and your child. In the highly unfortunate instance that your child is injured by a product, contacting a personal injury attorney is important. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you with your products liability case, and to make sure you get a fair settlement, so give us a call at (770) 487-8999 and schedule your free consultation today.