Every hour approximately 18 children in the U.S. suffer toy-related injuries serious enough to send them to the emergency room, according to a published study. That’s the equivalent of one child injured every three minutes.
What are considered the most dangerous toys? According to the study, foot-powered scooters and other riding toys produced the greatest amount of injuries. Wagons, tricycles and motor-powered children’s vehicles are responsible for a growing number of injuries that resulted in emergency room visits. Between 1990 and 2011, ride-on toys accounted for 35 percent of injuries and 43 percent of hospital admissions among children under the age of 18. Injuries sustained from these toys included: broken bones, cuts that required stitches and concussions. More than eighty percent of these injuries occurred at home.
The study examined more than two decades of data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance database. The analysis is the first to use a nationally representative database to assess trends in toy-related injuries. The results revealed: Children’s toys are becoming more dangerous.
Approximately 251,000 children were taken to emergency rooms in 2014 for toy-related injuries. Most of these injuries were lacerations, contusions or abrasions, and most of the injuries were to the face and head area.
To prevent injuries, parents should make sure children ALWAYS wear a helmet when riding a scooter or other ride-on toys. An injury to the brain can have life-long consequences and permanent effects on your child. For children under the age of two, choking, ingestion and asphyxiation are the biggest risk of injury and death. Read packaging carefully to ensure toys are age-appropriate for the intended recipient.
To provide better service in alerting people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies have joined together to create http://www.cpsc.gov/ — a “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls. Visit this site before heading out to the stores this holiday season.
At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you to stay safe this holiday season. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a damaged or defective product or toy it is important to contact an experienced Orlando Products Liability Lawyer immediately. Product manufactures have a legal responsibility to provide products and toys that are safe and work in their intended manner- this is especially important of children toy manufacturers. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.