Your Questions Matter
If your baby suffocated in a crib or other baby product, you need a lawyer. Our attorneys can help you sue the company and get justice.
How do I find out the truth about why my baby suffocated?
A wrongful death lawsuit may be required to find out why a product marketed for use by infants caused the suffocation of your child. The lawsuit allows us to require the company involved to give us copies of all relevant documents, including emails and internal memos. We investigate to find out:
- what kind of testing, if any, was done on the product before it was put on the market;
- whether the company had reports of injuries and deaths associated with use of the product;
- what executives, managers and other employees communicated to each other about safety, design, manufacturing and marketing.
In addition, we look at details of product design and do our own testing. If available, we gather information from outside sources, such as universities, that have participated in testing the safety of the product.
This is just a small part of what we do to get to the truth and hold companies accountable.
How do I know if a product connected to my baby’s suffocation death was recalled?
Baby product recalls are handled by two federal agencies:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees recalls of medical and food products. A product is considered medical if it is advertised as preventing or relieving a medical condition.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) oversees them for all other products.
Do I still have a case if there was not a recall?
Yes, a product associated with the wrongful death of your baby does not have to be recalled for you to have a case. Our lawyers have handled cases where a manufacturer refused to recall a product that had been connected to baby suffocation deaths.
Why are dangerous infant products sold?
Generally, the FDA and CPSC do not have the authority to recall products, even if the agency has received reports of child deaths linked to the product. Instead, officials use these reports and other data to urge a company to issue a voluntary recall.
In one of our cases, a mother walked in the door to her home and reached down to take her baby out of a carrier. The baby was not breathing. The mother called our law firm and hired us to help. Attorney Fred Pritzker was the lead lawyer on this case. He found out that 6 other babies had died while in the same model of infant carrier, and that the CPSC knew about it.
Fred contacted the CPSC to report the child’s death and discussed the importance of an immediate recall to prevent further deaths. A few weeks later, the product was recalled.
This does not always happen, though. One product had been the likely cause of several baby deaths due to suffocation. There was never a recall, only a product label change adding a warning.
The sad and frustrating truth is that profit often comes before safety.
How much will it cost to hire a lawyer for our family?
Your family will not need to pay our law firm until money is recovered in a settlement or verdict. You can contact our law firm to request a free consultation with a child safety lawyer using the form on this page or by calling 1-888-377-8900 (toll free). If you are on a cell phone, you can call 612-261-0856.