Our Miami personal injury attorneys remind parents to use extreme caution when purchasing baby products in order to safeguard their newborn from serious injury. In today's world, there is literally a product for everything your baby will need. Some baby products, like mobiles, cribs and diaper pails have been around for many years. Others, like jogging strollers, wipe warmers and bottle heaters, are relatively new.
Unfortunately, while these products are meant to make our lives easier, sometimes horrible accidents can occur. Millions of baby products are recalled by manufacturers and distributors each year due to safety concerns or reports of frequent accidents. Defective and dangerous baby products continue to fill the shelves of stores and enter our homes. In October 2009, an international company recalled more than 1 million umbrella strollers due to concerns of a hinged latch mechanism amputating children's fingers. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than six million cribs have been recalled since 2007, with the largest ever recall of cribs, approximately 2.1 million, being recalled in November 2009. The November 2009 crib recall had to do with a hardware problem on drop-side baby cribs where, if the hardware broke, a space would be created between the crib side and the mattress, where a child could easily become trapped.Miami, Florida, Defective Baby Products Lawyer
The law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. is equipped to handle any claim involving the injury of a child due to a defective baby product. Defective baby products can involve manufacturing defects or design defects. In Florida, manufacturers, distributors and retailers may all be responsible if a defective baby product causes injury or death. One of the most serious aspects of a defective baby product or toy is that newborns, infants and toddlers cannot communicate or appreciate the dangerous situation and may compound or increase their injuries.
Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. has handled many cases involving the wrongful death and personal injury of children. In one case, we successfully represented the family of a baby who was killed after he became entangled in a diaper stacker which strangled him. Our Miami, Florida defective baby products attorneys have the experience, professionalism and compassion to know how to effectively present your case. We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family, and wish nothing more than to bring you justice. We retain experts, obtain the defective baby product and conduct thorough investigations into similar claims in the past against the company and manufacturers' response to concerns about product safety.Common Defective Baby Products
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission ensures that Americans are protected from the risk of injury or death caused by consumer products. This agency has issued a vast number of warnings and recalls related to baby and small child products. Some of the most commonly recalled items include:
- Bunk beds
- Baby monitors
- High chairs
- Toy guns
- Magnetic toys
- Car seats
Strollers, along with cribs, are some of the most common baby items to be recalled. In recent years, a number of strollers have been recalled due to serious defects that injured many children. Graco recalled 11 models of strollers in 2014 due to fingertip amputation hazards. The company received nearly a dozen reports of finger injuries, including six amputations and four partial amputations, prompting the recall. Several other major stroller manufacturers have been forced to recall their items due to suffocation, brake failures, collapse, falls, and entrapment, along with amputations.
Strollers must meet certain safety standards. If a manufacturer fails to meet these standards or properly test their product before placing the item on the market, the manufacturer can be held responsible for injuries sustained by babies and small children.Toy Related Injuries Are On The Rise
Toys are synonymous with childhood. Parents purchase toys assuming they will be safe for their babies. However, for hundreds of thousands of children, toys can be dangerous or even deadly. Babies and toddlers can be injured when defective toys break apart, causing them to choke. They can also be injured when toys catch fire, contain dangerous magnets that can be swallowed, or are full of toxic lead.
Lead has become a serious concern in children’s toys. Lead can be found in potentially any toy, but is especially common in children’s toys manufactured in China. Lead exposure by babies or small children can lead to devastating consequences, including long term impairment. Congress has imposed limits on the level of lead that can legally be found in toys sold in the United States. While all toys must be tested, some companies use their own labs to perform these tests and lead remains a concern for many parents.Manufacturer’s Liability for Defective Baby Products
The manufacturers of baby and children’s products have the responsibility to make these products safe, while the suppliers and distributors are responsible for keeping these products in undamaged condition until used by the child. When a baby is injured or killed due to a defective product, the manufacturer and potentially even the supplier or distributor can be held accountable. If your child has been injured or killed due to a defective child’s product, you should seek the representation of a knowledgeable defective product attorney as soon as possible.Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
If you believe that a defective or dangerous baby product has caused an injury to your child or you, please contact the Miami, Florida law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. today. Our skilled law firm has the dedication and knowledge you need to obtain justice for your baby’s injury or death. We understand the heartache that accompanies injury to one so young and will take on the makers of any defective products that have harmed your child. Our Florida defective baby products attorneys and staff are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and are ready to assist you. For a free consultation, please contact us today.