If your child has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia or another hip condition after being carried in a wearable baby carrier, you should speak with one of our experienced lawyers without delay. Our law firm is investigating claims that certain baby carriers are defectively designed and may contribute to hip injuries. Without proper treatment, hip dysplasia in infants can lead to early development of osteoarthritis.
Carrying an infant improperly — with straight, tight legs — for hours on end daily is “definitely detrimental to hips,” Dr. Charles Price, Director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute has said, adding that when the Navajo nation tightly swaddled their infants on papoose boards, they had a 30% incidence of hip injury. For an interesting original research article on development dysplasia of the hip (DDH) occurrence among Indigenous North Americans, click here.
Andrus Anderson LLP was one of the first law firms to bring claims against the major baby carrier manufacturers, seeking compensation for hip dysplasia. Our lawyers are leading the fight for safe baby carriers. With our knowledge and experience, you can rest assured that your child’s legal claim is in good hands.
The trial lawyers at Andrus Anderson LLP know how precious and valuable your children are. We are dedicated to holding negligent companies accountable for selling dangerous products to innocent consumers. We work closely with our clients to bring the strongest claims possible.
Which Baby Carriers Are Being Investigated For Possible Links To Hip Dysplasia
The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has designated many wearable baby carriers as “hip healthy.” A number of popular baby carriers do not appear on the “hip healthy” list, however. Those include:
BabyBjorn – Baby Carrier Original
Britax Baby Carrier
Budu Baby Carrier
Chicco – UltraSoft Infant Carrier, UltraSoft Magic Infant Carrier, UltraSoft Magic Air Infant Carrier, UltraSoft LE Infant Carrier
Evenflo – Breathable Carrier, Easy Infant Carrier, Active Carrier, babyGo, Snugli Comfort, Snugli Companion
Graco – 3 in 1 Soft Infant Baby Carrier
Infantino – Swift Classic Carrier, Swift With Pocket, Flip Front2Back, Cozy Premium Carrier
Baby carriers that force a child’s legs into a straight or dangling position are unhealthy. While in a carrier, your baby’s hips should be spread apart and bent, in the “M” position. The image to the left, published by The International Hip Dysplasia Institute, demonstrates an unhealthy position for a baby in its carrier. The diagram on the right portrays the proper position.
What Is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a condition where the bones of the hip joint are misaligned, unstable, and/or loose. Other common names for the same condition include: Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), Hip Dislocation, Congenital Dislocation of the Hip (CDH), and Loose Hips.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Infant and Child Hip Dysplasia?
The most common signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia in infants and children include:
– Asymmetry: If the buttock creases are asymmetrical, an X-ray can determine whether or not the hips are in proper alignment.
– Hip Clicks: Clicks or pops can suggest hip dysplasia. (Snapping sounds are usually normal.)
– Limited Range of Motion: If your child cannot fully spread his/her legs, this is a sign of hip problems. Parents often discover this issue while changing a baby’s diaper.
– Pain: Infants and babies usually do not experience pain, but pain usually develops in adolescence or adulthood.
– Swayback: After the child starts walking, if he/she has a pronounced waddling limp or hisher legs are different lengths, this may indicate dysplasia. If both hips are dislocated, the child might limp with a noticeable swayback.
If your child has experienced any of these symptoms and has been carried in a wearable baby carrier, you should discuss your situation with our firm. We can help you determine if you should file a claim so we can pursue compensation on your behalf.
Late Presenting Hip Dysplasia Is a Real Danger
Pediatricians are trained to examine infants for signs of hip dysplasia, but the condition can be hard to diagnose. Some children may exhibit minor hip looseness which, over time, and especially with the exacerbating influence of a defectively-designed baby carrier, can get worse. Repeated examination is necessary to catch hip dysplasia in its early stages, where it is easiest to combat. Later-presenting hip dysplasia can necessitate more invasive treatment, as this Northern Mum discovered.
Do I Qualify for a Baby Carrier Claim?
Every case is unique, so we will need to gather information about your child’s circumstances before we understand the strength of your legal case. However, our injury firm invites you to speak with us if either of the following apply to you:
– You have carried your child in a baby carrier and your child is now experiencing hip problems; or
– You have carried your child in any of the carriers listed above, especially if your use has been frequent and extensive.
Representing Parents and Children Harmed by Defective Baby Carriers
A new parent’s number one concern is the safety and well-being of their children. Parenthood is an enormous task that involves a lot of work and endless decisions.
Unfortunately, companies often take advantage of this overwhelming time in a parent’s life by selling products with the promise of providing a better life for your child and an easier life for you.
Parents expect manufacturers to sell safe products for their children, especially when the product comes from a well-respected company. Too often, children’s products are defective or pose an unreasonable danger, which parents only discover after their child has been injured.
If you have used a wearable baby carrier, and your child is now experiencing hip problems, you may be able to receive compensation for your child’s pain and suffering, as well as for any medical expenses incurred due to the damage. Contact Andrus Anderson LLP today for a free consultation.