A jury recently awarded a $20.6 million verdict in a defective product lawsuit when a woman was killed in a backyard pool accident. According to the lawsuit, the 29 year old woman suffered a spinal cord injury after the woman slid head first into the pool. When she reached the bottom of the pool slide sold by Toys R Us, it compressed and bottomed out under her weight causing her to hit the pool’s edge beneath the slide. As a result of this accident she broke her neck and was pulled unconscious from the pool. She died the following day in the hospital.
The lawsuit also claimed that federal regulations left no doubt that the slide was not only supposed to be safe for kids but for adults as well. The regulations also assume that the user of the slide may slide head first. Also according to the regulations the slide was required to hold up to three hundred and fifty pounds of weight. The Toys R Us Company at first claimed that these regulations did not apply to inflatable slides. However, the Toys R Us Company did admit its Chinese partner was not asked to perform safety tests to see if the slide met federal regulations. The award included $18 million in punitive damages against Toys R US.
In Tennessee and all across the United States, when consumers buy products especially for their children and their family, they expect them to be safe and reliable. However, sometimes businesses and companies knowingly or unknowingly sell defective or dangerous products to consumers and these products can sometimes unfortunately lead to serious injury or even death. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or died after using a defective or dangerous product then you should speak with a Tennessee defective and dangerous product lawyer as soon as possible. They will hear your case and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve for what you have been through.
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