Tennessee Window Blind Strangulation Lawsuit
Consumers file window blind strangulation lawsuits to seek damages for the deaths of or injuries to their children. Safety advocates and affected families may also hope that these lawsuits raise awareness and potentially protect other children in the future. Looped, hanging blind cords are a safety hazard that is acknowledged by manufacturers and consumer safety groups alike. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that at least one child a month strangles because of a low hanging cord that the child can reach.
Some advocacy groups are pushing to get the government involved to mandate a child-friendly design across the board. Should the federal government get involved, however, it would likely be years before any sort of mandatory safety features were implemented due to cost-benefit analysis and the time it takes to conduct studies on the issue.
Lawsuits may spur manufacturers into making safety changes of their own. Table saws and airbags are two such examples where lawsuits alleging lack of adequate safety measures prompted voluntary changes to safety standards in the industry. Window blind strangulation lawsuits may have a similar effect and cause manufacturers to switch to child-safe designs.
Regardless, those who have a child that was injured or killed due to window blind cords should still consider filing a lawsuit to seek compensation for damages.
Many manufacturers claim that it is not reasonable for them to switch to completely cordless, kid-friendly designs, as it could negatively affect their profits.
It should be noted that the CSPC acknowledges 6 industry attempts to boost safety since 1983, none of which have met with great success. Consumer groups point to this failure as a need for the CSPC to intervene to set a mandatory safety standard.
In the meantime, safety advocacy groups are pushing for enhanced education on the importance of child-safe blinds, urging manufacturers to include picture warnings of the potential hazard from looped blind cords to warn parents.
Should I Talk To An Attorney?
Parents in Tennessee who have suffered the tragic loss of their child due to strangulation from a blind cord may have the basis for a window blind strangulation lawsuit. Tennessee parents are encouraged to contact Attorney Group for Tennessee for a free, no obligation consultation on their situation. Should you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an experienced attorney for representation. Contact us today for your free consultation.