Baby bassinets are often used during the first few months of infancy as a place for babies to sleep. They are smaller than cribs, and similar to cradles, with some slight cosmetic and functional differences. For instance, bassinets often come with beddings and protective covering over the top. Baby bassinets can sometimes perform various functions such as swinging or rocking the infant.
Like other infant products, baby bassinets can be associated with some health and injury risks for the baby. These can include:
- Injuries caused by a fall from the bassinet
- Accidents involving the bassinet collapsing or breaking
- Injuries related to suffocation
- Injuries caused by sharp edges or points
- Health risks involving toxic chemicals such as lead
Some bassinets are also associated with “drop-side” injuries. Some bassinets are fitted with “drop-side” panels on the side move up and down, allowing for easy access to the infant. In some cases, the panels can get stuck or can fall down, causing injury or situations where the infant is trapped underneath the panel.
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Who can be Held Liable for Baby Bassinet Injuries or Accidents?
In many cases, a bassinet injury is the direct result of a defect with the product. For instance, there may be a defect with the way the legs are designed, causing it to fall during use. Or, there may be a flaw with the materials used in the product, causing it to expose the infant to dangerous chemicals. In such cases, the manufacturer of the dangerous product might be held liable for injuries under a defective product theory of law.
In other instances, a distributor or retailer might be held liable if they knowingly distribute or sell products that have already been subjected to a baby bassinet recall.
What are the Legal Remedies for a Baby Bassinet Injury Lawsuit?
Baby bassinet injuries can be serious and may require legal action to resolve any disputes. In these types of injury lawsuits, the typical remedy will be a compensatory damages award. The damages may cover losses like medical expenses, hospital bills, any surgery costs, pain and suffering, and other losses. In cases where wrongful death is an issue, additional damages may apply as well.
In addition to a recall, class action lawsuits can also result if many consumers were injured by the same bassinet product.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Representation in a Baby Bassinet Injury Lawsuit?
Baby bassinet injuries can involve some fairly complex laws. It may be in your best interests to hire a consumer lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a lawsuit. Your attorney will be able to answer your questions and guide you through the process.