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Defective and Unsafe Toys

Representing Victims of Defective Child Toys and Products

Many dangerous and defective toys are widely available throughout the United States and often times the danger is unknown until it is too late.

While parents should not have to worry about their children’s safety when buying a new toy, we must be aware that sometimes the seemingly most harmless objects cause irreversible damage.

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Toy-Related Child Injury Statistics

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 254,200 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2015 – 73 percent of these injuries occurred in children under the age of 15.

Forty-one percent of the estimated emergency department-treated injuries are classified as lacerations, contusions, or abrasions. In addition, 45 percent of the estimated injuries were to the head and face area – the most commonly affected area of the body.

Defective or unsafe toys that can pose an injury risk or hazard to a child are oftentimes recalled by the manufacturer. In 2015, there were 17 toy recalls involving approximately 370,000 toys recorded by the CPSC. These massive recalls highlight the importance of checking toy recalls and testing the safety of toys before giving them to your child.

What Are the Most Dangerous Toys

  • Marketed on the internet without warnings, instructions, or age recommendations.
  • Battery operated toys for children under 8 years old since batteries may leak, overheat, and explode.
  • Contain ‘fur’ or ‘hair’ that could be ingested and pose a choking hazard for young children.
  • Small removable parts or attachments at the end of laces and strings, such as bells, knobs, or beads.
  • Projectile toys that can cause injuries to the eyes.
  • Blunt, pointy, or sharp edges that could break a child’s skin.
  • Realistic-looking toy weapons such as guns, swords, and knives that could be mistaken for the real thing.
  • Strings longer than 6 inches which could strangulate small children.
  • Require electricity to function and do not have step-down transformers to prevent electrocution risk.
  • Toxic or flammable surfaces which can potentially cause injuries if consumed or ignited.

10 Common Injuries Caused by Unsafe Toys

Here are 10 common injuries your child could sustain due to a dangerous, defective, or unsafe toy:

  • Blindness
  • Broken bones
  • Burn injuries
  • Choking or strangulation
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Death
  • Disfigurement or scarring
  • Head injuries
  • Hearing damage
  • Permanent disabilities

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Childbirth injuries are not always obvious immediately afterward. Moms and dads will oftentimes notice certain things that are out of the ordinary once they take their newborn baby home – sometimes weeks or months later. In addition, some symptoms and signs of a birth injury aren’t apparent until much later.

Here are signs and symptoms of a childbirth injury:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision issues
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Low weight gain

Other physical symptoms of a birth injury in a child include:

  • Weak movement
  • Poor reflexes
  • Spasms
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Hands held in claw-like poses

Common conditions that can result from birth injuries include:

  • Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy
  • Nerve damage
  • Damage to the skull
  • Brain damage
  • Future learning disabilities
  • Delayed early development (crawling, walking, talking)

Birth injuries can be caused by many different factors. Common causes of childbirth injuries include:

  • Infection
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Neonatal sepsis
  • Preeclampsia
  • Dangerous medications
  • Traumatic delivery
  • Improper manipulation of the baby (potentially with tools including vacuums, forceps)
  • Failure to monitor baby’s vital signs

If childbirth injuries were preventable — for the mother or baby — the doctors, nurses, surgeons, and medical institution can be held accountable.

Injuries during childbirth can happen to anyone. However, some women find themselves in a high risk pregnancy. These situations require a higher level of attention and care on the part of the physician, and if high the high risk pregnancy symptoms and signs are not spotted or found in time, there could be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Women with prior health conditions, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Autoimmune disease (lupus, multiple sclerosis)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Obesity
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Teenagers
  • Women over 35 having their first child
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Smoking (and secondhand smoke)

Injuries to the mother that can occur during pregnancy include:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Fissures
  • Infection
  • Preeclampsia or eclampsia
  • Vaginal tears or lacerations
  • Death

Mothers can also experience mental injuries as a result of a traumatic birth, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Private schools differ with public schools in that they do not receive immunity. For instance, if your child is seriously injured on the playground or on an off-campus field trip, parents may sue the private schools due to negligence and receive compensation for their child’s injuries.

Did you know that if your child is injured at a public school the school may not have to pay any damages for your child’s injuries? Public schools are protected in some situations by governmental immunity. If your child has been injured due to public school negligence, contact our offices. Our experienced child injury attorneys will help determine if your child has a case against the school.

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No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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