Accident involving toddler may be wrongful death

| Oct 10, 2018 | Wrongful Death

Pennsylvania parents would likely agree that one of their greatest fears is an accident that causes serious injury or death to their child. Sometimes, negligence on the part of a product manufacturer can be considered wrongful death. Recently, a small child was tragically killed, and authorities have already determined the parents were not at fault. 

A 4-year-old child was playing in his home as his parents prepared a meal. He became entangled in a treadmill used for exercise. A Pennsylvania medical examiner determined that the child was killed when his neck was crushed. After an investigation, authorities determined the parents are not responsible and that they had been properly supervising the child. 

Adults know that, if used improperly, exercise equipment can cause serious injury or death. Children may be unaware of the danger. There are often no safety features to prevent a small child from being injured on such equipment, and many parents may not realize the danger in their home, because there are no clear warnings or emergency features that turn the machine off if a person or object becomes entangled. 

When a person dies as the result of a dangerous product, the family of a victim may want to take action. Contacting an attorney who handles wrongful death cases can be a good start. An attorney may be able to help prove that a death was caused by negligence on the part of a manufacturer or faulty equipment, and help victims seek any applicable compensation for their suffering.