With the holidays quickly approaching, parents everywhere will be flocking to the toy department in an effort to fill their child’s wish list. Unfortunately, thousands of children are hurt each year while playing with toys, many of which were on the “hottest toy” of the year list. Many of the injuries suffered are serious enough to require treatment from a hospital emergency room. Although toy manufacturers have an obligation to design and create products that place the safety of children as their top priority, it doesn’t always happen. Each year toy recalls are issued because of problems that may be hazardous, even life-threatening to children. If your child was injured from a dangerous toy, contact Springer & Lyle to learn what rights you have and what your next steps may be.
Children and toys go hand-in-hand, unfortunately, it is often discovered too late that a favorite toy presents a serious hazard to your child. Whether it is due to the inappropriate use of materials, poor design or failure of the manufacturer to warn about certain risks, if your child was injured by a defective or dangerous toy, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Some of the most dangerous toys often include:
- Toys with small parts that pose a choking hazard, even though there is a ban on creating toys with small parts for children under the age of three.
- Toys with high levels of a toxic substance, such as lead. For example, Mattel once recalled 20 million toys because of Chinese-made products that contained lead paint.
- Small, yet powerful magnets that can cause internal damage if swallowed. For example, a recall was issued for Magnetix Magnetic building sets because several children suffered intestinal injuries after swallowing the small magnets.
- Toys that affect children’s hearing, because they exceed the noise level recommended by the National Institute of deafness.
A number of dangerous toys will make it onto store shelves and into the homes of children across the country. Unfortunately, in many instances a toy recall does not come in time and children who play with these products suffer serious injuries. Parents and caregivers should always read warning labels on toys before giving it to their child. However, in many situations, the warning label is inadequate or the toy itself is inherently defective and under these circumstances, it is important for parents not to feel responsible for their child’s injury.
If your child or someone you know has been seriously injured in a toy-related accident, you may have legal rights. Contact personal injury attorneys Springer & Lyle to learn how we can assist you in pursuing claims against the manufacturer. You may be entitled to compensation for ongoing medical care, past medical expenses and other damages related to your child’s injuries. If the injuries result in permanent impairment to your child, these damages may be significant.