Childrens Toys

Minneapolis Defective Children’s Toy Injury Lawyers

Protecting Families Through Strong Litigation

When parents purchase toys for their children, they do so under the reasonable expectation that the toys will not cause injury or death. However, far too many children are seriously injured or killed each year due to dangerous and defective toys.

If your son or daughter was seriously injured due to a dangerous or defective toy, talk to our skilled defective children’s toy injury lawyers in Minneapolis at Goldenberg Lauricella, PLLC. If you lost your son or daughter in a fatal crib accident or another type of accident involving a defective toy, we extend our sincere condolences. While we know this is an extremely difficult time, we believe that our services can help you hold negligent companies accountable and hopefully prevent future tragedy. As a personal injury law firm, we’ve successfully recovered for many families after filing defective product claims and can secure justice on your family’s behalf.

Receive help today from a family-oriented law firm that isn’t afraid to be aggressive to protect our clients—contact us online or by phone at (800) 903-1643.

About Children’s Toy Injuries

Due to their smaller upper airways and tendency to put everything in their mouths, children under age three are most at risk for choking on a toy. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2014 there were an estimated 251,800 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments. This number is comparable to the estimated number of toy-related injuries from 2010 to 2014, for all individuals. Males accounted for 147,500 of the estimated toy-related injuries, and most of the deaths were related to getting hit by a car on a toy such as a scooter.

Besides the suffocation and possible death that can result from choking, other injury diagnoses related to children’s toys include fractures, sprains, internal injuries, burns, organ damage from toxic exposure to lead, and lacerations.

The three main types of toy defects our lawyers have seen in the courtroom include:

  • Manufacturing defects: A toy has a manufacturing defect if it was assembled incorrectly or an error took place in the production stage. One example involves toys that have been painted with substances containing lead that violates established lead paint standards.
  • Design defects: Designers can be held liable for damages if the defect occurred at the planning or engineering stages, such as if a company failed to take into account a toy’s risk of fire, or if they designed a toy with sharp edges that can cause abrasions and lacerations.
  • Marketing defects: All companies and distributors are required to include instructions as to how the toy is intended to be used, as well as safety and hazard warnings. One example of a marketing defect is if a child chokes on a toy because the company failed to include literature specifying an age range or noting the choking hazard.

Common Household Hazards

What are some toys and other household hazards to be aware of? Our team has detailed several common dangers found in toys, though we encourage you to give our office a call if your child has been harmed by some other toy defect.

Common types of toy defects that lead to injuries include:

  • Strings: Balloon strings and other items with strings account for several deaths each year. Parents often tie balloons or other items with strings to their child’s crib, leading the child to grab hold of the string and wrap it around his or her neck.
  • Unanchored furniture: Each year, companies recall dressers, shelving, and bookcases that fall on children. Children are more susceptible to tip-over accidents due to their height and that they may try to climb or stand on furniture to access something out of reach. Manufacturers may be liable for injuries that were the result of defective furniture or tip-over accidents.
  • Spinners: Lately, spinners have become the toy of choice. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned that these toys have small parts and can break creating a potential choking hazard.
  • Lead: Some children’s toys may contain lead, such as in paint, which can put children at risk of developing serious health conditions. If your child is experiencing stomach pain, lethargy, or loss of appetite after chewing on their toy, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Magnets and small parts: Some toys contain magnets and other small parts that can be removed and swallowed, which can lead to suffocation or intestinal blockage.
  • Bicycles and scooters lacking safety features: Countless children-related injuries involve bicycles and scooters. You may have a defective product claim on your hands if your child’s accident occurred because of a loose, broken, or missing vehicle part.

True Story

“John” was a 5-year-old boy using a Hasbro Easy-Bake Oven. Unlike older models of the oven which were heated using a light bulb, Hasbro had created a new design featuring a heating element inside that could heat up to 400 degrees.

Under his mom’s supervision, John mixed the batter and put the cake pan into the oven through a slot that was much larger than the traditional oven. Curious to see into the oven, John put his hand through the slot and pushed up on the flap. Due to the hot temperature, John decided to take his hand out. Suddenly, the flap closed and his little hand was trapped inside.

His mother rushed over and was able to pry his hand out of the oven opening. John consequently sustained burns from the extreme temperatures and was taken to the hospital and ultimately left with some scarring. The family contacted our toy injury attorneys in Minneapolis and we began our investigation against this defective design.

After coordination with the Consumer Products Safety Commission, the defective Easy-Bake oven was recalled. After extensive litigation, a confidential settlement was obtained for the family.

Goldenberg Lauricella Can Help

Goldenberg Lauricella, PLLC believes that there is nothing more precious than the innocence of a child. When they are playing with their toys, the last thing that they deserve is for something harmful to happen to them. We have the defective children’s toy injury attorneys that Minneapolis trusts to get a fair settlement in the unfortunate case of some sort of accident.

Schedule your free case evaluation with one of our Minneapolis defective children’s toy injury lawyers at (800) 903-1643. We’ll let you know what we can do for your case and leave the decision up to you. There is no charge and no obligation.

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