What’s the Problem?
October 3, 2017 – Most infant sleep positioners feature bolsters attached to each side of a thin mat and wedges to elevate the baby’s head. The positioners are intended to keep a baby in place while sleeping, and are often used with infants under 6 months old, according to an FDA Safety Alert issued Tuesday.
Since 2004, there have been at least a dozen cases of babies dying from suffocation after being placed in sleep positioners. Most of the babies died after rolling from their side to the stomach, according to the FDA. There has also been many reports of babies being placed on their sides in positioners and later found in dangerous positions next to or still inside the device.
To prevent sleep-related crib deaths, FDA offered the following recommendations that could save your baby’s life:
- NEVER use infant sleep positioners. Using this type of product to hold an infant on his or her side or back is dangerous.
- NEVER put pillows, blankets, loose sheets, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib. These products also can be dangerous. Babies don’t need pillows and adequate clothing—instead of blankets—can keep them warm.
- ALWAYS keep cribs and sleeping areas bare. That means you should also never put soft objects or toys in sleeping areas.
- ALWAYS place a baby on his or her back at night and during nap time. An easy way to remember this is to follow the ABCs of safe sleep: “Alone on the Back in a bare Crib.”
Why Our Law Firm Is Filing Individual Lawsuits Opposed To a Class Action
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, has decided not to enter a class action in the sleep positioner litigation, and instead only to file individual claims on behalf of injured parties and their loved ones.
The problem with a class action in this type of litigation is that they often result in low settlement offers and higher attorneys fees. These pitfalls can be avoided through the filing of an individual claim, which is why our lawyers decided to go this route.
Do I Have a Sleep Positioner Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in infant sleep positioner lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your child was injured by a sleep positioner, or a loved one died, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.