In recent times, there has been an increase in demand for new toys both online and in physical stores. But not many buyers are adhering to the manufacturer’s age recommendations particularly when it comes to purchasing items children can play with. To this end, it is important for buyers to regularly get themselves acquainted with the latest news of a potential toy recall, as well as reports of injuries caused.
As of 2016, over 240,000 emergency cases caused by defective or dangerous toys were recorded from various health centers around the country. These statistics were issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in its annual Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries report.
No doubt, toys sold with inadequate warnings, made with toxic materials, or designed cheaply can cause serious injuries. A personal injury attorney in Florida can go ahead to file a lawsuit only when the plaintiff demonstrates that the product was defectively manufactured, defectively designed or unreasonably dangerous.
Anyone can be included in the chain of distribution in such cases, including distributors, manufacturers, and product designers. Nevertheless, it is important to understand that not every toy-related injury will require the services of a personal injury attorney in Florida particularly when a personal injury lawsuit is not necessary.
Though not all fatality data is represented in the CPSC report, about 7 toy-related deaths were still recorded that year. All of which involved children under the age of 12. Motor vehicle toys accounted for a greater percentage of the deaths (43 percent) while other play objects with small parts that can block the airway, balloons, and rubber balls resulted in fatal injuries.
Hospital emergency departments are used to treating numerous child injuries that are mostly described as abrasions, contusions or lacerations. About 45% of these injuries affected the face or the head. Before now, non-motorized scooter injuries used to be a top concern but there has been a significant decrease in child injuries of this sort in recent past.
In a bid to ensure an adequate prevention of the import of dangerous toys from getting into the United States, the CPSC is working closely with the country’s customs and Border Protection agents – a collaboration that has led to the seizure of over 750,000 toys that have allegedly violated toy safety standards at ports. Out of these numbers, over 350,000 of the toys seized last year contain lead.
While there have been significant improvements on the number of dangerous toys withdrawn from the American markets, there are still many unsafe products finding their way to store shelves in the US which poses a great deal of concern.
Children can get injured as a result of playing with a dangerous or defective toy. You may deserve compensation for the medical bills and other expenses. In such a case, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Florida.