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When is a kid’s injury the result of product liability?

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | Products Liability

It is no secret that children are prone to accidents. Exploring new things, playing too roughly, or acting out of ignorance can quickly become serious injuries. It can be hard to know what really happens when your child gets hurt.

In fact, it may be possible that your child suffered an injury because of a defective product. How can you be sure if your child’s injury was because of a toy or product they were using?

What qualifies as product liability?

When a manufacturer creates a product or a tradesperson sells something that can harm its user, it likely qualifies as product liability. In these cases, either the manufacturer is liable for creating a product that is not safe to use, or the tradesperson is liable for selling a harmful product. Dangerous products can be dangerous in a number of ways:

  • Cribs that are not structurally sound (either by poor design or unsafe components) can collapse or pinch a child’s hand or finger and cause serious injuries.
  • Bicycles and tricycles can have brake failures or unsecured handlebars that cause considerable injuries in children.
  • Car seats that do not securely hold kids in place can fail in protecting children in the event of a car accident.
  • Toys that were made by dubious manufacturers may produce toys that contain lead or other dangerous components.

Whether a company knows about the dangers of their products or not, they are still liable for the consequences it created. However, holding them accountable may not be as easy as it should be.

What you can do to seek justice

Contact a personal injury attorney if you believe your child suffered an injury because of a defective product. Do not make the mistake of letting the manufacturer or retailor convince you not to file a claim for compensation or tricking you into accepting a small settlement. Instead, let skilled legal representation help you earn the compensation you deserve to cover the total costs of your child’s current and future injury expenses.