Many expectant parents spend hours and hours researching all the different infant products on the market, ensuring they buy the safest products for their new baby. Despite all this time spent, thousands of baby products are recalled every year because of injuries and death to the little ones the products are supposed to help take care of. Many of these products are poorly designed or there is a manufacturing flaw in the item.
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Some of the more common injuries that a Virginia product liability attorney sees may include:
Over the past few years, there have been multiple infant products recalled because of the harm they caused to infants. Here are some of those dangerous products:
- Bumbo Baby Seats: This product was designed to help infants sit up straight. It was first recalled in 2007 when 19 different infants suffered fractured skulls from falls. In 2012, there was a second recall in order to add a restraint to the seat and also to add additional warnings to parents regarding product safety. This recall also included a safety kit for parents.
- Drop Side Cribs: This type of crib features a side that lowers down so the parent or caregiver has easier access to the baby. However, the latch that is supposed to keep the drop side up can either break or become undone. This poses a significant danger to the baby of getting stuck in the gap or suffocating. Between 2007 and 2010, 150 babies died because of this hazard. Finally, in 2011, the government banned the sale of this style crib.
- Baby Slings: Baby slings create a closeness between the infant and the parent or caregiver wearing it. The sling holds the baby, and this leaves the wearer able to use both hands. However, in 2014, the federal government issued a warning about the slings after there were reports of 14 babies suffocating. It warned that infants under the age of four months old should not be placed in the sling because it can cover the mouth and nose of the infant, who does not have enough strength in their neck to move away.
Pursuing a Defective or Dangerous Product Claim
If your child has been injured because of a dangerous product, a Virginia product liability attorney may be able to assist you in pursuing a claim against the manufacturer for selling a defective product or failing to issue proper warnings. Damages can include:
- All medical expenses;
- Lost wages and any future loss of earnings if the victim has been left with a disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional anguish; and
- Scarring or disfigurement.
At Shapiro & Appleton, we have been fighting for accident victims for more than three decades and will work diligently to get you the amount of compensation you deserve for your losses. Call our office today at 800-752-0042 for a free and confidential consultation to find out how our legal team can help.
After graduating cum laude from law school at the University of Richmond, Seth practiced personal injury law out of Roanoke, Virginia and in Hampton, Virginia before joining Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp where he represents personal injury clients in both state and federal courts. In 2016, he was named as a Virginia “Rising Star” lawyer by Super Lawyer’s magazine, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5% of attorneys in the state.