Dangerous Products Cause Child Injuries in New JerseyAlthough defective products in New Jersey are capable of causing harm to virtually any segment of the population, accidents involving children are always more shocking. If companies owe a duty of care to anyone, it is the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. Unfortunately, many products sold and distributed in New Jersey injure children each year. A number of recent examples show just how life-altering and traumatic these accidents can be. If your child has been injured by a defective product in New Jersey, it may be possible to pursue compensation alongside a personal injury attorney.

Ikea Pays $13.5 Million for Fatal Wardrobe Incident

On August 10, 2023, it was reported that Ikea had agreed to pay out a $13.5-million settlement to the family of a deceased child. This 18-month-old girl had lost her life after being fatally asphyxiated by an Ikea wardrobe. Her neck had become trapped in a drawer cutout. This furniture was specifically designed for use in children’s bedrooms. The girl apparently tried to manipulate the drawer while her parents slept, causing her to somehow fall forward in a manner that put her neck in a horizontal cutout.

After the parents discovered their child in the morning, they attempted CPR and called first responders. However, efforts to save the child were not successful. Ikea argued that this was essentially a “freak accident,” and that it was not foreseeable. They also pointed out that they had tested the product extensively in Europe, and this type of accident never seemed possible to them during their testing. The key testimony in this case was provided by the Ikea design team. Upon questioning, they revealed that they were aware that the cutout presented an entrapment hazard while developing the product. Ikea no longer sells this product.

Nursing Pillows Prove to Be More Dangerous than Parents Realize

On August 7, 2023, NBC released an investigative report highlighting the unseen dangers of nursing pillows. They specifically mentioned a three-year-old child who lost their life in 2022 while using a nursing pillow sold by the company “Boppy.” The issue is that these nursing pillows often cause babies to slump downward or arch backward in a manner that restricts their airways. Often, these injuries occur while the babies slept alongside their parents. The most common injuries seem to occur while mothers fall asleep while nursing their children – only to awaken and find their babies unresponsive.

Manufacturers of these pillows argue that the product labels specifically warn parents against leaving their children unsupervised while using the pillows. The warnings also mention the hazard of falling asleep with a child while using the pillow. But are these warnings enough to prevent lawsuits? The Consumer Product Safety Commission has repeatedly warned consumers that nursing pillows are not safe for sleeping babies. Over 130 nursing pillow-related deaths have occured within a 10-year period.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Continue to Cause Hazards for Children

In addition, parents around the nation are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are often found in children’s toys, scooters, and other products that modern children regularly come into contact with. In July of 2023, a defective lithium-ion battery flooded a children’s clinic with toxic gas, causing 13 injuries. Other children have lost their lives due to fires and explosions caused by lithium-ion batteries.

Of particular concern is the threat of exploding batteries in children’s toys. These toys are often purchased from Amazon, which is infamously difficult to sue for any injuries caused by its products. The products are often manufactured by questionable companies in foreign nations, adding even more challenges for parents attempting to seek justice. Parents today should be cautious when bringing lithium-ion batteries into their homes or allowing children to play with these products unsupervised.

Where Can I Find a Personal Injury Attorney in New Jersey?

If you have been searching for a qualified personal injury attorney in New Jersey, look no further than Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs – and we know how traumatic accidents involving children can be. If your child was injured by a defective product, you have every right to explore your legal options for compensation. This compensation can help cover medical expenses, funeral expenses, emotional distress, and much more. Remember, the statute of limitations may prevent you from suing if you wait too long – and internet research only gets you so far. Reach out today to get started.

The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over thirty years.

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