Lancaster PA Defective Crib Lawyer
When you put your child down to sleep in his or her crib, you trust that the crib is safe. But sadly, thousands of infants suffer crib and mattress-related injuries each year. If your child suffered a crib-related injury that you believe was caused by a defective crib, you need an experienced attorney on your side. A Lancaster defective crib lawyer at Haggerty & Silverman will deal with all legal matters as you focus on caring for your injured child. We will fight to get your family full compensation.
Crib Accident Statistics
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Over 14,000 children under the age of five were injured due to cribs or mattresses in 2012.
- Between 2008 and 2010, 144 deaths were associated with cribs/mattresses.
- 18 percent of the deaths resulted from hazards including incomplete assembly, missing, broken, or nonfunctioning parts, or ineffective crib repairs.
Drop-Side Crib Dangers
As of 2011, no drop-side crib is allowed to be sold or resold in the United States. Drop-side cribs are cribs that allow one or both sides of the crib panel to slide up and down, making it easier for an adult to pick up a baby from the crib. But, drop-side cribs are dangerous because there is a risk for the baby to get caught in a gap between the mattress and the drop-side of the crib. Problems with drop-side cribs can arise from missing pieces, broken hardware, or errors in assembly. Drop-side cribs that are resold or reassembled with missing parts or missing directions can also be dangerous.
Common drop-side crib manufacturers, many of which have had products recalled, include:
- Child Craft
- Million Dollar Baby
- Pottery Barn
Common Crib Dangers
Entrapment is one of the most common ways babies are injured in cribs. If the vertical bars on the sides of the crib are too far apart, an infant can get trapped or even fall through the gap. Babies are more likely to get hurt because of their weak limbs and bones.
While you may want to make your child’s crib comfortable, some items do more harm than good. Items like pillows, blankets, bumper pads and stuffed animals are suffocation risks. An infant may press his or her nose into an object while sleeping, leading to suffocation.
Dangerous Crib Lawyers in Lancaster, PA
Dangerous and defective cribs fall under product liability laws. These laws govern the responsibility of designers, manufacturers, marketers, sellers and resellers to create and sell a safe product. If your child is injured because of a dangerous or defective crib, multiple parties may be held liable. For a free consultation with a defective crib lawyer, contact Haggerty & Silverman at 717-397-3200 or fill out our online contact form. We have offices in Lancaster, PA where you can meet with our product liability attorneys.