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Traumatic Brain Injury in Children Due to Consumer Products

A recent study has found that for non-fatal traumatic brain injuries in children, more than 70 percent of these injuries were associated with consumer products. This study also determined that the greatest proportion of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) were related to sports/recreation products, followed by home furnishings, and then construction materials.

While the majority of these injuries are caused by unavoidable accidents, many traumatic brain injuries are attributable to defective products or the failure of the manufacturer to warn consumers of potential dangers. In these cases, the manufacturer, and sometimes the designer, distributor, and retailer, may be held liable for injuries caused by their products.

Long Term Consequences of Childhood Injuries

Often, when a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, the full scope of consequences is not immediately apparent. This is mainly because the frontal lobe of a child’s brain does not begin to develop until the age of seventeen. Even small incidents that damage the brain may present themselves years after the initial injury. If your child has suffered a TBI due to a defective product, it is important to work with a knowledgeable attorney to ensure all potential damages are considered as you move forward with your claim.

The Importance of Working with a Dedicated Consumer Rights Attorney

If your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury while using a product as it was intended to be used, your child may be entitled to compensation from those who designed, manufactured, and sold the defective product.  Young children are particularly vulnerable to injury from toys and other products meant for children, as they are unable to recognize the potential for injury before it occurs. Moreover, parents don’t usually recognize product risks or defects until it is too late and their child has already suffered an injury.

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries in children are not limited to those caused by toys and other children’s products. These serious injuries are often sustained when a household item you would never normally worry about, such as a bed or other piece of furniture, collapses, tips over, or fails structurally in some other manner. Depending on the circumstances, your child may be entitled to compensation from those responsible for approving and manufacturing the product as it was designed.

It is important to discuss your case with a dedicated consumer rights attorney to ensure your child receives adequate compensation to cover not only current medical bills and expenses, but any future treatment or care that might arise from his or her injuries. Contact Zimmerman Law Offices today to schedule your free initial consultation. We are here to help.

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