Choosing from the wide array of baby products available in the typical big-box store can be challenging, especially for new parents. We can’t verify with 100 percent certainty that the products we purchase to keep our children comfortable and safe and to make our lives easier aren’t dangerous. The advent of the Internet and the ratings that get attached to products on sites like Amazon provide some guidance, but in the end, parents have to trust that manufacturers to create safe products.
The unfortunate fact is that manufacturers of the items that populate our homes don’t always live up to that responsibility. Whether profit motivates a company to get a product to market as fast as possible, resulting in the defect, or the defect results from employee mistakes, the end is the same for the injured person. Their lives are changed forever.
As an example, crib bumpers are one of the products that parents use to keep their babies comfortable and safe inside their cribs but which may cause severe injury and even death. A bumper lines the inside of the crib, preventing the baby from pushing its arms and legs outside of the crib and from banging itself against the crib’s hard surfaces. Unfortunately, crib bumpers are believed to have caused numerous deaths from suffocation.
When a manufacturer fails to live up to its duty it can be held financially responsible for its failing. While a financial recovery can’t take away the pain resulting from an injury caused by a product, it can serve to hold the manufacturer to account and ease the financial burden resulting from the injury. If your child has been injured by a defective product, an experienced Saint Louis personal injury attorney can help you evaluate your case and determine whether the manufacturer can be held responsible for the injury.