Parents of severely injured child sue car seat maker for negligence

Carol Ostrow May 20, 2015, 8:50am


A Longview mother and Hallsville father brought a lawsuit against a manufacturer alleging gross negligence in 2013.

Nicole Hinson, individually and as next friend of minor C.H. (Cayden); and Cameron Hinson filed against Dorel Juvenile Group of Foxboro, Mass., in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas on May 13, claiming liability in a May 2013 accident.

The suit states that the plaintiffs’ child, born July 11, 2011, was strapped into a forward-facing Safety 1st car seat manufactured by the defendant for a family trip on May 15, 2013, when their vehicle was involved in an accident. Both parents received minor injuries and recovered; the child incurred a spinal cord injury, according to the filing, and will never be able to walk again based on current treatment and care options.

The toddler’s parents allege that Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc. was negligent in their instructions for the car seat based on the medical risks involved in the type of collision they experienced. Alleging negligence, the Hinsons maintain that the product was defectively labeled; that the defendant should have known of the potential risk of serious injury; and that Dorel had actual subjective awareness of risk but acted with conscious indifference to others’ welfare and safety.

Citing catastrophic injuries causing their child partial paralysis, pain, suffering, anguish and disfigurement; loss of earning capacity, impairment, loss of consortium, pecuniary loss and medical expenses, the plaintiffs seek exemplary damages; pre- and post-judgment interest; attorney’s fees; expenses, and costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Jeffrey Embry and George Cowden IV of Hossley & Embry in Tyler.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas Case 2:15-cv-00713-JRG-RSP

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