You have been blessed with the miracle of birth and new life. You are leaving the birthing unit or hospital and heading home, tired but blissed out. You have lovingly furnished the nursery; and after a reasonable amount of time, you have baby asleep in his or her cot. The mobile above baby’s sleeping form is dancing gently with its nursery rhyme characters. It is a peaceful and nurturing scene. Mum and dad watch their gorgeous infant with a deep sense of contentment. Then, the unthinkable happens the cot malfunctions and injures the sleeping child.
Cot Malfunctions: Injuries to Infants
This nightmare scene is not as uncommon as you might think. Cots are manufactured and they do malfunction; as all manufactured products can do. What can you do in case of personal injury to an infant or child from a dysfunctional cot? Nursery furniture injuries and deaths happen all the time in Australia, and throughout the world. A personal injury lawyer in Adelaide can help you take legal action against the manufacturer, and the retailer, if they have a case to answer, in regard to the safety of the cot or other item of nursery furniture.
Governments around Australia warn parents about second-hand nursery furniture and cots that do not meet Australian Standards. Babies choking to death or suffocating in cots due to malfunctions and poor design are tragedies that need not happen if people take the time to properly check things out. Second-hand cots cause hundreds of injuries in Australia every year. Things like SIDS are absolute tragedies and they can be avoided with supervision and preparation. Parents must be vigilant about what they furnish their nurseries with. Don’t accept a cot from your parents, just because it may have been in the family for generations.
Being nice to family is not worth it if a terrible tragedy results from the act. Babies spend a lot of time in their cot, so it needs to be a fully functioning and comfortable place. Road test the cot before you put baby inside it – give the structure a thorough going over to see that it will hold up. Get some professional advice about cots and putting baby to sleep in his or her cot. Awareness is always the best policy when it comes to caring for infants; set yourself the task of getting informed from the best possible sources. Remember Australian Standards when it comes to purchasing nursery furniture.