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Western, Pa. couple sues Target over toy-box injury

Published: Mon, March 8, 2010 @ 8:32 p.m.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A suburban Pittsburgh couple is suing Target, claiming their daughter sustained a brain injury when a toy box lid fell on her.

Eric and Laura Surman, of Cranberry, claim 2-year-old Camryn Surman had her air supply cut off when the wicker box lid fell on her on July 20. She’s in a persistent vegetative state.

The suit filed today in Allegheny County court says the trunk should have been equipped with a lid support or a warning stating it isn’t suitable for children or poses a suffocation risk

Their attorney, John Gismondi, says Target removed the trunk and two similar ones since the incident.

The suit seeks money to cover Camryn’s medical expenses and punitive damages.

Target didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.


1big97redtj(16 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

This sounds like another frivolous lawsuit. Sorry, someone had to say it.

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2jr99(102 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

It's a tragedy what happened to this child. Maybe someone should ask the parents why their 2 yr old was left unsupervised long enough for this to happen. Another question that needs to be asked: Did the parents inspect the trunk before allowing their daughter to be near it? Perhaps the parents need to take responsibility for what happened.

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3saddad(654 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Very sad story. But it is why you buy specially designed toy boxes for little kids and not just some box. The headline is inaccurate.

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4ads(109 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

I have to agree. Where were the parents of this "2" year old... a child that young should always be supervised.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago




Toilets can be overlooked as a drowning hazard in the home. The typical scenario involves a child under 3-years-old falling headfirst into the toilet. CPSC has received reports of 16 children under age 5 who drowned in toilets between 1996 and 1999.

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6Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

My prayers go out to the child.

"The suit filed today in Allegheny County court says the trunk should have been equipped with a lid support or a warning stating it isn’t suitable for children or poses a suffocation risk"

Anyway I agree to, I know when I buy any product I do research on the item. And I don't need a warning on the product to tell me if it's safe or not. Why buy the item if it did'nt have a lid support for it. Accidents do happen to adults and children all the time, but to quickly go to a lawyer and sue the store? I would worry about my child before I do that. Common sense works wonders.

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7Diamant(1 comment)posted 6 years, 2 months ago

This little girl was 18 months old when this happend and for any of us that have kids (i have 6) we all know that Mom's or Dad's can't be everywere all the time every second of the day this injury took all of 3 minutes !!!!! This WAS advertised as a TOYBOX the Parents did nothing wrong .As far a getting a lawer.....stores will not respond to a parent asking to please stop selling this Item ,pehabs the store would not remove the box for sale and perhabs the Parents did not want to see another child hurt.....?????? Some of you should think about the times your child fell and got hurt and you were maby 2 feet away or just across the room cooking or on the phone or helping your other children??? Your thoughts and prayers should be with this little girl AND her family !!!Mine Are !!!

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