A Western Pennsylvania family from Cranberry is seeking compensation from Target after their female toddler suffered a critical brain injury from a toy bin that the company had authorized for distribution. The Associated Press says the covering of the bin, made of wicker, had suddenly landed onto the two-year-old and obstructed her oxygen flow. She endured suffocation that allegedly left her comatose with severe brain damage.
Following the family’s injury claims, Target stopped selling the toy chest as well as a few comparable products. The Cranberry, Pennsylvania parents argue that the hard wicker product should have had a caution tag with age provisions or child friendly lid reinforcements. The family’s lawsuit cites recuperation costs and punitive charges. The suit was filed Monday, March 8, 2010 in an Allegheny County judicial circuit.
According to the Brain Injury Association for America, Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is the result of a heavy blow to the cranium or a skull-breaking injury that interrupts brain function. Nineteen percent of all TBIs are the result of a non-penetrating strike to the head, and the demographic at very high risk of TBI is children age 0 to 4. Additionally, an impaired respiratory system can cause severe brain damage by depriving the brain of oxygen. The consequences of a brain injury can be as mild as a concussion that needs no rehabilitation or as severe as paralysis that incurs life-long damage, and over 50,000 victims of brain injury will die each year.