A: The Poison Prevention Packaging Act, which dates to 1970, was drafted to prevent children from consuming dangerous products found around the house.
This law requires that dangerous products be packaged in such a manner that children ages 5 years and younger will not be able to open the containers. This is why you have to line up the arrows on a bottle of aspirin to open the lid. In fact, in 1972, aspirin was the first product subjected to this law.
The law has proven to be successful because while it keeps children from ingesting dangerous products, it gives most adults easy access to their medication. However, elderly adults and people with arthritis may have difficulty opening child-resistant containers.
Therefore, individuals have the option of declining child-resistant lids on their prescription medication. As a result, the risk of child poisoning increases. For example, suppose an unattended toddler visiting their grandparents finds a bottle of the blood thinner coumadin on the nightstand. If they are able to open the lid and consume this medication, they could become seriously ill.
That's why it's a good idea to have child-resistant packaging even if you have no young children living at home.
If your child has been injured by a dangerous product, whether it was medication or any other corrosive substance that lacked a suitable child-resistant lid, you might be eligible to file a dangerous product claim. You can get the help of a Philadelphia dangerous products attorney to go over your case and determine issues of liability.
A Philadelphia dangerous products attorney may be able to help you seek compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.
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