Baby bouncers, or infant bouncers, are small carriages that are intended to hold babies in a reclined position. They “bounce” the infant through mechanisms that can include springs, flexible metal parts, electronic means, and other devices.
Baby bouncer seats are associated with various types of injuries and accidents, including:
- Falls from the bouncer
- Bouncer tip-overs
- Spontaneous explosions or fires due to battery explosions
- Injuries caused by breakage of parts
- Suffocation or strangulation injuries
Injuries caused by baby bouncers can be severe, and can include, head, neck, and skull injuries. Particularly dangerous or life-threatening situations can occur if the baby bouncer tips or turns over and traps the infant underneath (especially if there is a soft surface underneath, such as a bed, couch, or blanket). Cases where many infants are injured by the same bouncer product may result in a recall of the product.
Who Can be Held Liable for Baby Bouncer Accidents?
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, different parties can be held liable for a baby bouncer accident. In many cases, the manufacturer of a baby bouncer product can be held liable if a product defect causes the injury. An example of this is where the manufacturer used materials that did not meet industry safety standards to construct the baby bouncer. If an injury occurs because the product collapses, there may be a claim under product liability laws.
In other cases, a person who is responsible for the care of an infant such as a caretaker or nursery professional may be held liable for injuries. An example is if an infant caretaker places an infant in a bouncer that they knew or should have known was defective. In this case, the person might be held liable for the injuries under negligence laws.
Are There any Legal Remedies for Baby Bouncer Injury Claims?
Baby bouncer injuries can be serious and may require legal action to settle any claims. In such lawsuits, the remedy will often include a monetary damages award that is issued to the injured party. The damages may cover costs such as hospital treatments, medical expenses, costs of any surgeries or therapy, and other similar losses.
In cases where several infants have been injured, a class action lawsuit might be filed in addition to previous recall measures.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Baby Bouncer Injury Case?
Baby bouncer injury lawsuits can be complex and may require the assistance of a lawyer. It may be in your best interests to hire a consumer lawyer in your area if you need help filing a claim. Your attorney can provide advice and representation throughout the duration of the process.