The Michigan child injury lawyers at our firm handle child injury cases involving dangerous and defective cribs. Each year infants are injured or killed as a result of defective cribs or improper use of cribs. Injuries are often severe, including brain injuries and in the worst circumstance, even death. Approximately 11,000 babies required hospitalization from crib-related injuries each year.
Lawsuits can be filed against the manufacturers of the defective cribs and often times against the sellers of the crib, like a large retail store. Cases involving death can give rise to a Michigan Wrongful Death Claim. A good starting point for insuring crib safety is to confirm that there are no recalls associated with the crib you might be using.
Recall information can be found at the Consumer Product Safety Commission Website at www.cpsc.gov. You can also contact them toll free at 1-800-638-2772.There are many safety standards that apply to the manufacturer of cribs. Some of the important standards used for cribs are as follows:
· Crib slates or spindles spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches apart
· Insure that slates or spindles are not missing or lose
· Avoid using cribs with decorative corner posts that extend more than 1/16 of an inch above the post
· Avoid using cribs with cutout designs in the headboard or footboard that can catch arms and legs or clothing
· Always use a firm, tight-fitting mattress that leaves no more
than a two-finger width between the edge of the mattress and the side of the crib
· Never place a crib near windows or wall-mounted accessories that could fall into the crib or onto the infant
· Do not place pillows, stuffed animals or other soft items in the crib
· Cribs manufactured before 1990 do not meet current safety standards
· Older cribs also pose lead-paint hazards for infants
Please contact us immediately if you would like to discuss possible litigation for injury caused by a crib.
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