Michigan Infant Burned by Pacifier in His Sleep

Michigan Infant Burned by Pacifier in His Sleep

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March 19, 2019
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A Michigan mother is issuing warnings to other parents after her infant son was burned by his pacifier. Kristen Milhone says that her seven-month-old son went to bed with his pacifier and sometime during the night it suctioned to his face resulting in a burn.

She says it was Philips Avent Soothie pacifier that the hospital gives out because it is supposed to be safer and more sanitary. She says when she saw the quarter-sized mark on his face she took him to the hospital and doctors weren’t even sure what it was to begin with. Then they noticed it was the same size as his pacifier.

The burn is being treated with antibiotic ointment and her son will require to follow up at the doctor. If the burn does not heal, he will have to go to a burn clinic and possibly a plastic surgeon for further care. Because his skin is so thin, like all babies, the burn could leave a permanent scar.

What is Product Liability?

When a person purchases a product, he or she assumes that the product is safe to be used according to the instructions. Unfortunately, that does not always happen, and people can suffer from injuries and even death when a product does not work the way it was intended. There are three types of defects that could result in an injury from a defective product.

  • Design Defects: This type of defect results in a product that is dangerous from the moment it is created. Negligence may need to be proven in some cases, but strict liability can also apply if it can be proven that the manufacturer could have used another design that would have prevented the injury.
  • Manufacturing Defects: These defects occur when the product does not conform to the manufacturer’s specifications. These defects typically occur in only a few of the items in a product line. Most of these cases are straightforward because the specifications themselves will prove that there was a deviation from the plan.
  • Marketing Defects: These defects exist when there is a flaw in the information that the consumers are provided, such as improper labeling, inadequate instructions, or failure to warn of danger.

Compensation Available in Product Liability Cases

The injuries that result from defective products can be fairly mild or severe. The injuries can also lead to death in some cases. If you or your loved one has been injured due to a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. Compensation may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damages, and even punitive damages.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

The statute of limitations, or time limit to file a defective product liability lawsuit, is three years from the date of the injury in most cases. There are certain times in which this can be extended, but because time is of the essence, it is important that you discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney. Failure to file a lawsuit within the time frame can result in you losing the right to ever do so in the future.

The attorneys at Nickola Law regularly handle cases for people who have suffered injuries caused by defective products and can help you hold the party responsible for your actions responsible. Defective product cases are complex, and the best way to protect your rights is to have a knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side. Contact Nickola Law today to schedule a consultation.

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