A Redwood county jury returned an $8 million verdict in a baby’s wrongful death lawsuit against blanket maker Evenflo Co. Inc. This case began after the child’s daycare workers placed the 7 month old girl on a blanket in 2010. She was found face down and unresponsive. She was declared dead after 36 hours on a respirator.
The jury decided that the cause of death was not sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), but rather caused by the defective design of the product. This type of lawsuit is often called a products liability lawsuit. In the case, experts looked at the mattress pads created by Evenflo and determined that the Evenflo product had the permeability of a plastic bag, which can be dangerous for the intended users of the product, such as a child.
The verdict came to compensate the parents for the loss of their child. In any baby’s wrongful death lawsuit, the work up and litigation of the case can be difficult and costly. If you believe you have been the victim of negligence or a defective product and that negligence or product has caused your child’s death or injury, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to determine whether you have any legal remedy.