Family Wins 8 Million Verdict For Death Of 7 Month Old Child
March 29, 2016
If you’re familiar with the Evenflo brand, you may be a parent or know someone who is. This brand provides things like bottles and mattress pads; things most small babies and children will need at some point. These items should be safe for children, but sometimes there are defects or problems that make them too dangerous. If your child is hurt because of them, you’re in a position to make a claim against the company for compensation, but that won’t reverse what happened.
For this family, an $8 million verdict is secondary to the loss of their 7-month-old child in 2010. According to the news, a mattress pad made by Evenflo had suffocated the baby while she was in daycare; she had been put down for a nap while lying on her stomach.
The lawsuit filed by the little girl’s parents stated that their child died because she couldn’t breath through the material. She was found unresponsive in the Evenflo Baby Go Madison play yard, and she was placed on a respirator for 36 hours. Despite this, the child passed away.
Initially, her death was attributed to sudden infant death syndrome, but later it was discovered that the child had none of the symptoms. While the company claims that SIDS was the cause, a laboratory test showed that the mattress had the permeability of a plastic bag, showing how little oxygen could move through it. The family of the little girl hopes that this incident will lead to regulations on the mattress pads that are placed in children’s playpens and beds.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, “San Carlos couple wins $8M verdict in wrongful death suit filed against Evenflo,” Jason Green, March 18, 2016