According to a 2018 article published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, between 1990 and 2015, children in the United States suffered nearly 17,000 injuries requiring emergency room treatment that could be traced back to a window blind, shade, or cord. While this doesn’t rank blind-related accidents particularly highly in terms of total injuries, getting tangled up in blinds can be extremely dangerous—often to a deadly degree—especially for young children who lack the strength and dexterity to get themselves untangled.

Understanding some common window blind cord hazards and injuries can be an important step in taking effective legal action over an injury caused by this unique type of household danger. If your family has been impacted by this type of accident, the compassionate and caring attorneys at OnderLaw are ready to help you explore and enforce your legal rights to demand justice and fair compensation.

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How Do Window Blinds Cause Injuries?

Out of the nearly 17,000 blind-related injuries mentioned above, just 11.9 percent involved entanglement, with a much larger 48.8 percent involving some part of the blinds striking a young child. Of that 11.9 percent of entanglement incidents, though, over 80 percent involved entanglement specifically around the neck. According to more recent data from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 48 percent of incidents involving entanglement with blind cords between 2009 and 2021 led directly to a child’s death.

Even accidents of this nature that don’t have fatal repercussions can still result in life-altering injuries, ranging from:

  • Disfigurement and scarring around the neck
  • Permanent brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation
  • Quadriplegia caused by brain damage or trauma to the cervical spine within the neck

Even comparatively minor injuries like lacerations, abrasions, and soft-tissue injuries stemming from a struggle to get free from an entangled cord can be expensive to treat. They may also cause a child immense physical and psychological suffering. Our dedicated legal professionals at OnderLaw can help you and your family seek comprehensive financial recovery for any and every injury your child suffers in a window blind cord accident.

These lawsuits are about more than money; they’re forcing an industry to create safer products and saving countless lives. We are proud to stand with families to turn tragedies into meaningful change.

Who Could Be Liable for Window Blind Cord Injuries?

The CPSC recommends several safety measures that homeowners can take to minimize the risk of a strangulation accident involving a window blind cord. Still, the fact is that many of these products are designed in ways that make them unreasonably dangerous to small children. In particular, horizontal blinds with standard cords are to blame for most accidents, but they can also stem from roller blinds or similar models with continuous loop cords.

Regardless of exactly what type of blinds are involved in an incident like this, your right to file suit against the manufacturer of those blinds will likely be built around an argument that:

  • The product’s core design was dangerous in a way that an affordable and easily produced alternative design could have prevented;
  • A specific manufacturing error made the blinds unsafe to use as directed; or
  • You, as a consumer, weren’t sufficiently warned about the dangers associated with the product

Support from reliable legal counsel can be crucial to constructing the strongest possible claim within the product liability laws applicable in your state.

Help Is Available with Claims Built Around Window Blind Cord Hazards and Injuries

Learning your child has been seriously hurt or worse by getting tangled up in something as seemingly harmless as a blind cord is an experience no family should ever have to go through. In the aftermath of such a traumatic incident, you may be owed substantial compensation—which could be key to stabilizing your family’s finances and recovering for specific losses your child suffered.

Working closely with our dependable team of lawyers can be essential to your family’s recovery after an accident involving window blind cord hazards and injuries. Jim Onder is considered to be the national leader in window covering litigation, and OnderLaw has played a prominent role in holding manufacturers of window blind cords accountable for their negligence in making these harmful products. Call today for a free, confidential consultation with one of our compassionate attorneys.