Compassionate NYC Lawyers Assisting with Baby Furniture Accident Claims
Leveraging years of experience to assist families throughout the city
Each year, approximately 10,000 children in the United States are taken to the emergency room after being injured by playpens, cribs, bassinets and other baby furniture. Most often, these injuries occur when babies fall or become stuck in the furniture. The New York lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson have experience handling personal injury claims related to defective baby furniture and similar products. We know how to help you seek compensation after a serious accident harms your family.
Our team has nearly 100 years of combined experience, which we leverage to provide the highest caliber of legal representation possible as you go through a challenging time. To work with an injury attorney who can make a difference in your case, consult a member of our team right away.
Injuries caused by defective baby furniture
The most common injuries result from cribs, which account for about 80 percent of reported injuries. One of the most common ways in which a crib can result in injury is through entrapment. If the crib has been designed with slats that are too far apart, small children can become trapped between them. Although most cribs on the market today meet important safety standards, some are defectively manufactured or assembled. A recent crib recall, for example, occurred as the result of a manufacturing problem with spring pegs holding the crib’s sides in place, causing gaps that made it possible for children to be trapped.
Drop-side cribs are also dangerous, as any small error in their construction can cause the sides to fall at the wrong time, resulting in the suffocation or strangling of a baby. Some cribs also come equipped with mattresses that are too high, making it easy for a baby to fall out. In addition, changing tables with fewer than four raised sides can be considered defectively designed, since children can easily fall or roll off the tables. A skilled attorney can help with these types of New York defective product claims.
Dangerous materials in baby furniture
Some crib dangers arise as a result of hazardous materials in the furniture. For example, some cribs and their related bedding are too soft, making it possible for a baby to suffocate if he or she is pressed against the surface. In addition, some cribs’ construction materials are coated with chemicals or contain adhesives that can be toxic to babies, such as formaldehyde-based glue and terpenes (an organic compound that can be harmful to sensitive individuals). Harmful chemicals in baby furniture can lead to serious health problems, such as allergies, asthma or even cancer.
Consult a skilled New York City baby furniture accident attorney
If your family is dealing with a serious injury related to defective baby furniture, speak with the team at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson right away. We offer free initial consultations, so please don’t hesitate to call us at 888.746.8212 or contact us online.