If you are like most parents, you take the time to check age recommendations before purchasing a new toy for your child. You may even check to ensure the product has not been recalled, and if you ever learn of one, you get rid of the toy or return the toy or send it in for a refund or replacement. So, what happens when your child experiences an injury, despite all your due diligence? Every three minutes, a parent, somewhere in the United States, asks this same question. Here, we will answer that question so that you and your loved ones know where to turn if your child ever experiences a defective toy injury.
Defective Toys in America
In a landmark study, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance Service. A compilation of consumer product injury statistics at over 100 hospitals across the country, the data goes all the way back to 1990. Overall, the data revealed that a child is injured by a dangerous toy every three minutes. More specifically, children at different ages and stages faced different threats.
Young children, particularly those under the age of five, are most likely to experience a choking injury. Children between the ages of five and 17 were more likely to sustain injuries from riding toys. However, falls and collisions, which accounted for about 46 percent of all injuries, were the most common defective toy injuries among children.
You May Be Owed Compensation
When a child is injured by a defective toy, the parent has the right to pursue compensation. Unfortunately, defective product cases tend to be extremely complex – not just because there is a burden of proof, but also because victims often go up against multimillion dollar companies. Dead set on clearing their “good name, ” toy companies may try every trick in the book to relieve themselves of liability. Thankfully, victims and their families do not have to face the challenges of a defective toy case on their own. Instead, they can contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for assistance, advocacy, and aggressive protection.
Contact Our Green Bay Defective Product Lawyers
If you or someone you love has a child that was injured by a defective toy, contact Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. for a personalized consultation. Dedicated and experienced, our Green Bay defective product lawyers can examine the case and help you understand your options. No matter what the situation, we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome. Learn more by calling our offices at 920-739-7366 today.