When you buy a toy or product for your child, you are entitled to believe the product is safely made, and will not bring harm or death to your child. Unfortunately, every day we hear reports of dangerous and defective toys and children’s products that have harmed or catastrophically injured innocent children. The most common injuries to children from toys and products include lead poisoning from toys covered with lead-based paint, choking and suffocation from small components or pieces that break apart easily, strangulation from strings or ropes, and lacerations, fractures, and burns from defective or dangerous products.
Injuries Can Result from Playing with Defective or Recalled Toys
Products that are cheaply made in facilities with little to no quality control account for an overwhelming number of the reported injuries. Within the past few years, news reports have been flooded with reports and recalls of toys manufactured in China that contained lead in toxic levels. Lead-paint poisoning can permanently damage brain cells causing learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Children sometimes also suffer from delayed growth, loss of speech skills, kidney failure, hearing loss, ADHD, and encephalopathy as a result of lead poisoning and exposure.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there were over 155,000 children under 14 treated in an emergency department for toy-related injuries, with 5,000 of these children requiring hospitalization. Even more disturbing, an estimated 77,000 injuries and 88 deaths of children under 5 are reported annually for defective or poorly manufactured nursery products like cribs, baby seats, playpens, and strollers. Injuries to children from defective and dangerous toys and dangerous children’s products can result in serious and catastrophic injuries and death.
Numerous children’s products have been recalled due to poor or flawed design, manufacturing and assembly defects, hazardous packaging, inadequate or missing warning labels, and lack of oversight or inspection. Products made with small parts, parts that break easily, and products made with loose buttons and buckles can pose a serious choking or suffocation hazard to children. Over half of all toy-related deaths were caused by choking. We have also seen toys manufactured with toxic chemicals like phthalates, or that have been manufactured with sharp points or edges that can cause lacerations, loss of fingers, and blindness. Electrical toys pose an electrocution and electric shock hazard when construction and wiring are defective.
Experienced Pennsylvania Product Liability Attorneys
If your child has been seriously injured because of a defective or dangerous toy or product, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The experienced personal injury lawyers of Reiff & Bily have successfully represented numerous clients who have been catastrophically injured or wrongfully killed because of dangerous or defective products for three decades. You need someone experienced in product liability law and with a proven record of success; our clients have been awarded hundreds of millions in compensation for their catastrophic injuries, suffering, and wrongful death.
We understand the devastation parents endure when a child is catastrophically injured, and we are strongly committed to holding toy manufacturers responsible when their carelessness, negligence, and profitability-over-safety attitude takes innocent lives, and destroys families’ hopes and dreams. Contact one of our defective toy lawyers for a no-obligation consultation, and we will fully examine your case to determine who is at fault for your loss and suffering. Our Pennsylvania defective toy lawyers are greedy for justice.