Defective cribs can cause babies to suffer catastrophic injuries or death. Learn the common causes of these accident that lead to products liability claims.

How Do Defective Cribs Causes Babies to Suffer Injuries or Death?

When parents purchase a crib for their baby, they do so with safety in mind. After all, the whole purpose of a crib is to give a newborn and older baby a safe place to sleep where he will not be injured. Unfortunately, crib accidents occur when cribs are defective, and babies can suffer catastrophic injuries or even be tragically killed.

What Are the Main Causes of Crib Accidents?

Manufacturers have a duty to provide safe products, including cribs, and to warn consumers of known dangers. When they fail to do so, they could be liable to the victim for his injuries. Manufacturing defects, design defects, failure to warn of defects, or failure to provide proper instructions can result in defective crib accidents. Common ways that defective cribs lead to injuries include:

  • Poorly spaced slats. Infants and older babies can become stuck in slats and other openings that are spaced too far apart. This can result in asphyxiation or damage to legs, arms, hands, or feet when the blood flow is cut off to that body part.
  • Corner posts and sharp objects. Sharp objects can cause a baby to cut himself or clothes or body parts can be entangled in corner posts or on sharp objects. This can cause a baby to be suffocated.
  • Mattress design. If the mattress design is defective, a baby can be trapped between the mattress and slats, causing him to suffocate or suffer fatal injuries.
  • Toxic materials. Mattresses or other crib parts can emit gaseous or toxic substances that can cause infants to suffer serious injuries, such as lead poisoning, that can lead to permanent disabilities or death.
  • Instability. If the crib is designed or manufactured improperly, the crib can collapse. Babies are especially vulnerable due to their small size and fragility. These accidents can cause broken bones, fractures, traumatic brain injury, internal organ damage, or death.
  • Defective drop sides. When the drop sides of a crib are defective, they can allow a baby to fall out of a crib—with sometimes fatal consequences.

Product liability claims can be challenging to prove and settle. You cannot hope to obtain the settlement that your child will need to pay for the medical care and other assistance he may need throughout his life without the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. If your baby was injured in a crib accident, call our office today to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you file a claim on behalf of your baby.