Child Injuries & Defective Products
When people buy products, they do so under the impression that they won’t be injured by using the product as directed. It’s always upsetting when a defective product ends up causing serious injury, but it’s even more frightening when those injuries happen to infants and young children.
New parents often go out of their way to try and make sure everything they buy for their child is safe to use. They pay attention to the age recommendations on toys and do the research to make sure they find the right car seat for their child. They go the extra mile to childproof their homes to make sure they can’t get into anything dangerous. So when something like a toy, a crib, a stroller, or a car seat ends up not being as safe as expected, it feels very deeply disturbing.
Product recalls involving products aimed at children are extremely common for many different reasons. A toy or other product might be found to have a choking hazard, be too flammable, or have a faulty part, and those are just a few common reasons. If your child has been injured by a defective product, the very first thing you should do is get medical attention. Afterward, be sure to keep the product itself and anything you have associated with it, such as the receipt and product packaging. You should also check to see if a recall has been issued for the product. Even if you weren’t aware of a product recall, you may still be able to take legal action.
While many product injury cases involve accidents that occur after birth, a defective medical device may potentially cause injuries during birth or while in the hospital in the time shortly after birth. Even though medical devices need to be approved before they can be used in the United States, that doesn’t mean faulty, defective products don’t occasionally make their way into hospitals and other medical facilities.
If your child has been injured by a defective product, be sure to contact a defective product attorney as soon as possible. When a lawsuit involves a product, it can be difficult to face off against a corporation or their insurance company. A lawyer will know exactly what to do and can do the hard work for you so that you can focus your attention on something more important — taking care of your child. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka are experienced in handling defective product cases and can help you through this difficult process. Contact us today to get started.