Has Your Child Been Injured Due to a Defective Product?
Product liability claims are always serious, but what about ones involving children? When an injury case involves a child, it is always held to a higher duty of care because children have more protections under the law. Each year, children are injured by defective products and claims are brought against manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and retailers. By bringing a suit against one of these parties, you may be able to receive compensation your child deserves for their injuries and more.
“Popular” Defective Products
Over the years, there are many products that have been subject to defective product lawsuits. Some of the most common include:
Drop-Side Cribs: Drop-side cribs were used by many parents over the years but, as of 2011, the Consumer Products Safety Commission issued a complete ban of these cribs. One of the main defects is hardware that can slip or break, which could cause an infant to become stuck or trapped.
Pocket Bikes: Many children are injured every year on pocket bikes, which are like miniature motorcycles. They are so dangerous because they can reach speeds of 40-50 MPH.
Airsoft Guns: Airsoft guns, surprisingly, are sometimes seen as “toys,” but they are actually projectile weapons that are capable of causing harm to children. Most of the cases of injuries from airsoft guns include eye injuries when the bullet travels.
There are many toys and other products like furniture and clothing that can cause injuries to children for a variety of reasons. The CPSC found, in 2015, that 11 children died from toy-related deaths alone.
Showing That a Product Was Inherently Dangerous
Product defects in children’s products can be classified into the following:
- Defects due to dangerous design
- Defects due to negligent construction
- Defects due to lack of proper warnings
Even if a product doesn’t seem to be injury-causing right off the bat, the design and purpose of the children product could still be dangerous to a child. Sometimes, manufacturers overlook just how dangerous their products could really be because they want to place their product on the markets to sell. This is why, every year, we see things like faulty strollers, flammable children’s clothing, long strings on toys that can cause strangulation, or toys that result in choking hazards.
How You Can Help Your Child Compensate
If your child has been injured due to a defective product, you may wonder what actions can be taken against a manufacturer. However, to be able to recover damages for your loved one, you have to be able to show that the manufacturer actually acted negligently and is responsible for the accident. For instance: Perhaps the manufacturer did not develop a defective product, but it was made defective because a retailer allowed the product to get damaged. There could be a variety of parties liable in your specific case and, as your experienced attorneys, we will help you determine these parties and how you can move forward.
Toys and other children’s products must be designed and manufactured according to state and federal standards. If you believe that negligence caused your child’s product to become unsafe and they were injured as a result, you may have a claim. We want to help you at the Los Angeles Injury Group, where your case means everything to us. Call us today to get started at 310-954-7248.