With Christmas season fast approaching, it is important to know that some seemingly innocent toys can cause problems for your child quicker than you can imagine. Each year, roughly 150,000 kids visit emergency rooms across the United States because of toy-related injuries.
Toy-related injuries and deaths may be caused by manufacturing defects, failure on the part of a manufacturer to warn of hazards associated with a toy, or the negligence of someone entrusted to look after a child (e.g., daycare or babysitter).
Tips for Preventing Injuries
The following are tips for preventing toy-related injuries:
- Make sure that toys are age appropriate for kids.
- Follow the directions precisely for assembly and usage.
- Avoid giving toys with high-powered magnets to children age 3 and under. Magnets can cause serious internal injuries if swallowed and are choking hazards as well.
- Small balls, marbles, and similar objects should be at least 1.75 inches in diameter to guard against choking.
- Button batteries can be deadly if swallowed. Choose battery-operated toys that have child-resistant locking mechanisms or which require a screwdriver to access the battery compartment.
- Make sure older kids’ toys and younger kids’ play things are stored separately.
- Ride-on toys cause the most injuries (not including bicycles and tricycles). Kids can fall trying to get in and out (or on and off) of them, they may run into things or other people, or drive into the street. Young kids playing with these toys need adult supervision; all riders need a helmet and other protective equipment.
If your child suffers a toy-related injury due to the negligence of another, contact a product liability or personal injury attorney to protect their rights.
Take Action Quickly
In order to protect your rights, it is important to contact a lawyer so that you can take action as soon as possible. The sooner that you take action, the more likely it is that evidence will be available to help you prove your claim and that the more likely it is that you will get a fair recovery sooner.
We encourage you to contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation with attorney Ben Crittenden. After that, you can make an informed decision about how to protect your legal rights.