CHILDREN’S TOYS AND INJURIES
IN MIAMI, THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS AT THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM, SHARE INSIGHT INTO ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY DEFECTIVE CHILDREN’S TOYS AT CHRISTMAS
- My child was injured because of a defective toy.
- My child swallowed a small toy part that became unfastened.
- My baby’s new crib collapsed and my child suffered injuries.
Christmas gifts bring unrivalled joy to children around the world and make for memorable moments, which start with the sight of presents under the Christmas tree and continue with the unwrapping. Though most toys are safe and undergo strict inspection, according to W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc.), children suffer an average of 240,000 toy-related injuries every year. Furthermore, every couple of minutes, at least one child receives emergency medical care in the U.S.A, with over forty children suffering wrongful death from toy-related accidents in a two year period from 2016-2018.
Though not only toys can cause injury to children, glass Christmas tree decorations and lights can cause cuts, lacerations, slip and fall accidents, and even electrocution among children. That is why, glass decorations must always be kept out of reach of babies and children under the age of five. Furthermore, decorations depicting Santa or other colorful characters can easily be mistaken for candies or chocolate treats and result in a child injury such as choking. Nevertheless, toys, especially those imported illegally or manufactured and sold without meeting safety guidelines, are among the most dangerous Christmas items for children of any age. In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm advises parents and guardians to always buy toys that are appropriate to the child’s age, and that the toys contain no small parts that a child may easily mistaken for candy or food. Parents may also suffer injuries when opening gifts when disregarding safety precautions and using sharp knives or scissors to cut through wrappings. Batteries represent added dangers to children as they can also be mistaken for food and swallowed by hungry toddlers. That is why, parents should make sure batteries casings are probably screwed in and batteries properly fastened, and that baby toys are kept out of sight when not in use as small children tend to stick everything in their mouths, especially babies that are teething. Keep reading for more insight into children accidents and legal advice for dealing with children accidents in Miami.
Some of the most common toy related injuries
Small toy parts, pull strings, synthetic hair, or oblong colorful pieces can look like candy to small children. When small toy parts or similar objects are swallowed, a child may easily choke. When a child is choking on a small toy part or pull string, parents or guardians must act quickly to remove the stuck object by placing their fingers inside the child’s mouth and trying to remove the object. If the child has swallowed a small toy part, the child should be taken to an emergency healthcare facility for treatment and observation. Small toy parts that make it into the stomach will almost always be released with bowel movement, however, this may be painful and result in rectal injury depending on the size of the toy part. Sometimes, a pull string toy can lead to injury by choking if the pull string becomes detached from the toy. A child may inadvertently wrap the toy around its neck and choke. Toys that do not meet federal regulations and meet safety standards should not be purchased, and shoppers should always read that the toys have an age recommendation that meets the child for whom the toy is being purchased. Also, never buy toys that have no warnings or safety labels. Preventing children injuries depends greatly on the responsibility of adult parents or guardians.
*If a child over the age of one is choking and the obstruction is not visible or can be reached with your fingers, follow this procedure in an emergency situation:
- Stand or kneel behind the choking child. …
- Clench your fist and place it between the belly and upper ribcage.
- Grasp the child’s hand with your other hand and pull in and upwards sharply.
- Repeat the procedure at least five times.
- Refrain from applying pressure to the lower ribcage in order to prevent injury.
*If a choking child is under the age of one, try these emergency choking procedures:
- Place the baby face down on your thighs while supporting the baby’s head with one hand.
- Administer several sharp blows with the heel of your hand in the middle of the baby’s back between the shoulder blades.
*If this procedure fails to dislodge the obstructing object, try implementing the chest thrust procedure:
- Place the child face up along the length of an adults thighs.
- Locate the breastbone and place two fingers in the middle.
- Administer five sharp chest thrusts (pushes) in order to compress the baby’s chest by about a third.
It is important to try to make the child cough so that they child’s own inertia can dislodge the object naturally. If all else fails, call an ambulance. Never leave the child unattended to, especially if the child has lost consciousness.
Children should never be given toys that require electrical power sources as they present possible injury through electrocution. Thin power cables can easily be cut or sliced if a child that has teeth places a cable in its mouth. Also, a child may locate the power source and place its fingers in an electrical outlet or even get electrocuted by trying to plug in or unplug an electric powered toy. This can be toy trains, cars, drones, or any toy that needs to be charged before use. If a child suffers an electric discharge, he or she should be taken to an emergency healthcare facility for a medical evaluation.
FRACTURES AND BREAKS
Defective baby goods such as strollers or cribs can cause injury to children if these products are poorly manufactured or unproperly assembled. Strollers that are defective can suddenly fold or collapse and result in bodily harm if a child falls or is stuck in the stroller. Baby cribs made of poor materials or poorly assembled may not withstand the pressure placed on its sides when a baby is pushing up against it. Defective babyseats can also lead to injury when manufacturing flaws are present. These children injuries should be discussed with a personal injury lawyer with experience in product liability claims. In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of client satisfaction when handling insurance claims for compensation from injuries to children due to defective consumer goods.
If your child has suffered injury or harm as a result of a defective toy or product, contact the Perazzo Law Firm for a FREE initial consultation to discuss a possible insurance claim by way of a products liability claim.
What is Products Liability?
Product liability is the area of personal injury law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make goods readily available to the consumers are held legally liable for any injuries, damages, or losses that those products result in.
*Disclaimer: The above mentioned procedure are aimed to help in emergency situations but do not replace professional medical assistance.