If your baby died by strangulation, we are sorry for your loss.
Our law firm represents families in lawsuits against manufacturers whose products have harmed babies. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team have won millions for our clients, including a recent 8-figure settlement.
Our lawyers are passionate about protecting babies. When representing families whose children have been hurt or killed by a defective product, our goals are as follows:
- To obtain the most money possible for the family in an attempt to get justice and deter the manufacturer from producing other defective products; and
- To prevent similar injuries and wrongful deaths by alerting the public to the problem and seeking legislative and policy changes.
It is important to determine all companies that are liable (responsible for paying the family compensation). If the death involved a defective product, the manufacturer, the owner of the product (hotel, motel, day care), and others may be liable.
Forty eight deaths and two cases of brain damage have been linked to knobs and posts on crib corners. These can snag clothing and pacifier cords when infants climb up the corner areas.
If you have a crib with either of these structures, stop using it immediately.
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has adopted voluntary standards restricting crib corner post extensions to 1/16 inch unless the posts are high enough to be out of a child’s reach. When shopping for this product, parents should keep these dimensions in mind. Because safety standards continue to change, it is best not to use an old crib.
What to look for before using a crib:
- No corner posts over 1/16th inch high;
- No cutouts in the headboard or foot board large enough for a baby’s head to fit through;
- A firm, tight-fitting mattress, preventing entrapment between the mattress and side bars; and
- No more than 2 3/8 inches (about the width of a soda can) between crib slats.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 200 infants and young children have died when their heads got caught in window cords. CPSC recommends using cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
Strangulation Involving Necklaces, Pasifiers and Hoodies
You should never put a necklace or pacifier around your baby’s neck. Although there are regulations against strings in hoodies for young children, manufacturers still occasionally use them. There are 2 to 3 strangulation deaths per year, most of them caused by pacifiers tied around the neck.