Parents use child car seats because they believe they will keep their most precious cargo safe from harm. We place our highest trust — and the very lives of our children — into the hands of child car seat designers and manufacturers. But when those designers and manufacturers fail to deliver a safe and reliable product, it is innocent children and their anguished families who are left to suffer the consequences.
Child car seats are supposed to prevent injuries — not cause them. When the worst happens and a child car seat does result in injury or even death, the cause is frequently poor design, faulty construction, or a manufacturing defect. If your child was hurt by a defective car seat, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for the terrible pain and enormous medical expenses you and your family have been forced to cope with.
Reiff & Bily: Pennsylvania Child Car Seat Lawyers
As parents, step-parents, relatives, and family friends, we are emotionally devastated when we watch our precious children struggle to acclimate to their injuries. Not only are child car seat accidents emotionally wrenching, they often leave their victims with extensive injuries which require costly treatment. Sometimes, these treatments must continue for years or a lifetime. In short, car seat accidents do not only hurt the child: they hurt the entire family.
Fortunately, you have a way to fight back. At the law offices of Reiff & Bily, we are highly experienced personal injury attorneys who are committed to seeing that justice is done. We have been representing car seat accident victims across Pennsylvania for over 34 years, and have won awards in excess of $1 million for multiple clients. We are proud members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which admits fewer than 1% of all attorneys in the U.S.
When your child has been injured, you need an aggressive lawyer dedicated to winning the compensation you deserve. Call Reiff & Bily at (215) 274-0072 today for your free consultation.
70% of Children at Risk of Death and Injury
Each year, hundreds of children’s lives are saved thanks to the protection of car safety seats. But when car seats are defective, they cause far more harm than they prevent. Common problems with baby seats and child car seats include:
- Poor Shell Design
- Faulty Latch/Locking Systems
- Manufacturing Defects
- Lack of Warnings/Instructions
- Misplaced Safety Restraints
- Insufficient Padding
- Flammable Fabrics
- Brittle Materials
- Insufficient Neck/Head Support
Any of these factors can cause catastrophic injury. For example, improperly positioned safety restraints are unable to secure a child in the event of a crash. If the buckles and latches on a unit are not strong enough, they can come undone in high-impact situations. If a seat shell is badly designed or made with brittle materials, it can easily crumple, cave in, or break.
Adding to the potential for danger, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has reported that most child car seats are not installed properly. Consider these alarming statistics:
- 7 out of every 10 children are not properly restrained in vehicles.
- 95% of consumers do not install car safety seats correctly.
The NHTSA has also stated that confusing, unclear instructions often contribute to improper installation.
Common Injuries From Defective Child Seats
Some of the most common injuries caused by faulty baby seats and child car seats include:
- Tetraplegia (Quadriplegia)
- Permanent Blindness
- Wrongful Death
- Skull Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Consumers have the right to believe the products they purchase will work properly, and be free from defects and flaws. If your child has been seriously injured due to a defective car safety seat, you may be entitled to compensation for your family’s pain and suffering, and for the costs of treatment, rehabilitation, and wages you lost to spend time with your child.
The Pennsylvania product liability lawyers and Philadelphia defective car seat attorneys at Reiff & Bily will investigate and uncover who is responsible for your physical, emotional, and financial hardships. We are dedicated to justice and will work tirelessly on your behalf. Call our law offices at (215) 274-0072, or contact us online to schedule your free, confidential case evaluation today.