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Dangerous Product Claim: Toys (Part A)

With the holiday season upon us, parents and caregivers should be vigilant in protecting their children from dangerous toys. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2008, emergency rooms treated 235,300 injuries related to dangerous toys, and 19 children under the age of 15 were killed in accidents related to dangerous toys.

Of the 235,300 injuries, 172,000 happened to children under the age of 15 and 82,300 happened to children under the age of 5. If your child has been seriously or fatally injured in an accident involving a dangerous toy, you should consult with a Philadelphia product liability lawyer to discuss filing a product liability claim.

An experienced Philadelphia product liability lawyer can help gather the necessary evidence such as medical records and warranty information to help you build a solid case in an effort to recover damages from the liable party or parties involved.

Fatalities and Injuries Related to Dangerous Toys

Some of the fatalities involving dangerous toys in 2008 included:

  • Drowning, choking, asphyxiation, pierced eye/brain (various toys) - 6 fatalities.
  • Choking (rubber balls) - 1 fatality.
  • Airway obstruction (balloons) - 1 fatality. 

In one incident, a 12-month-old boy drowned in the bathtub when his unspecified dangerous toy prevented water from draining from the tub. In another incident involving a dangerous toy, a 6-year-old boy choked on a suction cup that detached from a toy.

Injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2008 involving dangerous toys included the following:

  • 28% - foreign bodies, internal injuries, ingestion, dislocation, concussion and puncture injuries.
  • 27% - lacerations.
  • 20% - abrasions or contusions.
  • 13% - fractures.
  • 12% - sprains/strains. 

To file a solid product liability claim, someone else's negligence must have been a factor in your child's injuries. A Philadelphia product liability lawyer can help you to determine all parties that might have been negligent. You might be able to file a claim against the retailer, manufacturer or distributor of a dangerous toy that caused injury or death.

The sooner you contact a Philadelphia product liability lawyer, the quicker they can begin preserving evidence for your case.

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