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Adult Woman Sues for Injuries Suffered as an Infant

A California woman claims that injuries she suffered as an infant resulted in long-term damage that will affect her for the rest of her life. Caron L. Stapleton, the guardian ad litem for Catherine Emily Phillips, filed a complaint earlier this month, alleging that Phillips suffered serious injuries in 1996 due to a defective BabyBjorn carrier, and that the victim will require care for the rest of her life.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Regal Lager Inc. and BabyBjorn AB, alleged negligence and various other counts. According to the complaint, as an infant, Phillips fell through a leg opening in a BabyBjorn carrier. The incident resulted in permanently debilitating injuries to the brain. The plaintiffs allege that the injuries were due to a defective carrier. They are suing Regal Lager Inc. and BabyBjorn AB for reckless design and the manufacturing of an unsafe product. If you have been injured by a defective product, contact a Boston injury lawyer today.

Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims

In Massachusetts, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is three years. However, the type of injury claim can affect the time limit. Some defamation cases, for example, and claims involving minors are sometimes given longer time limits. In the above case, a number of unique circumstances and the fact that Phillips was an infant at the time of her injuries, will be taken into consideration. If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, contact a Boston injury lawyer today.

Defective Products

The vast majority of products we buy in this country are safe, but marketing pressures and competition have put consumers at an increased risk over the years. If you are injured due to a product that went to market before proper testing had been completed, or without adequate warning labels, you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Consumers have a right to expect a safe product, or to be adequately warned of associated risks. If a product you purchased caused you unexpected harm, you may want to consider a defective product lawsuit. There are three types of product defect:

  • Design: These types of defects are part of the actual design – they were defective from the start. In most cases, the product must be redesigned to be safe.
  • Manufacturing: Manufacturing defects occur during the manufacturing process. Although the design may have been sound, a glitch in the assembly or manufacturing process has created a dangerous defect.
  • Labeling: Some products have inherent risks and require adequate warning labels. For example, fireworks and prescription drugs are both useful products that people purchase every day. But both carry a serious risk of injury. If labels don’t adequately warn of associated dangers, you may have a defective product lawsuit on your hands.

Altman & Altman, LLP – Boston’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm

If you have been injured by a defective product, the skilled legal team at Altman & Altman, LLP can help. We have been protecting the rights of accident and injury victims for more than 50 years. Our knowledgeable attorneys have an impressive track record of obtaining compensation for clients. We will help you determine the best strategy for your unique case, and ensure you understand your rights and options before moving forward. If you have been injured, we can help. Contact Altman & Altman, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.