Car Seat Injuries
One of the scariest times for any parent is when a child suffers from a car seat injury. These devices are made to protect children, and when something goes terribly wrong, it is important to know what happened and why.
In the past ten years or so, almost 11 million car seats have been recalled in the United States due to flaws in integrity and design. That is truly an alarming number. All of the major manufacturers of these products have gone through recalls at one time or another.
One of the most common causes of these accidents includes handle failure. This happens when the handle breaks while the infant is being carried. Other common mishaps occur from improper padding in the device, defects of the buckle, clip issues with the 5-point harness system, and defects in the locking mechanism for the infant carrier.
A disturbing statistic is that over 80 percent of consumers have difficulty installing a car seat properly. The instructions can be difficult to understand and installation may not be done properly as a result. If the manufacturers simplified the instructions, it might prevent some of these mishaps in the first place. After the incident occurs, many parents may be left wondering what can be done if an unfortunate car seat injury occurs.
There are steps that the consumer can take to help ensure they receive just compensation. The parent may want to consider contacting an attorney who specializes in this area for advice. A personal injury attorney can typically handle cases of this nature.
Once an individual decides to contact an attorney, it is important to bring helpful information to the initial meeting to determine if there is enough evidence to support a case. Documentation is crucial. Make sure you bring police reports (if applicable), medical reports, the car seat, any paperwork related to the product, and any other pertinent information. It is also important to tell the attorney all of the facts and details surrounding the incident. Be prepared to answer questions regarding exactly what happened and caused the car seat injury. Going in with all of the information in regards to the incident will make the process easier from the start.