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More Than 260,000 Children Injured in Toy-Related Accidents

Toy-related injuries land hundreds of thousands of children in the ER in 2011

A serious accident involving your child is one of life’s most wrenching experiences. A family’s ordeal is compounded if the child’s death or serious injury occurred in a preventable accident caused by an unsafe toy or dangerous product.  If you believe your child was injured by a dangerous toy, talk to attorneys who know the law regarding unsafe toys.

A recent report on toy-related injuries by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says there were 262,300 children treated for toy-related injuries in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2011. While most children were treated and released, some suffered serious injuries or even fatal injuries. Thirteen children younger than age 15 died of toy-related accidents in 2011, the consumer product safety commission reported.

Most toy-related deaths were caused by asphyxiation or drowning. Three children died from choking on balloons.

The report lists the types of toys that were associated with more than one child’s death from 2009 through 2011:

  • Balloons — 10 deaths in three years
  • Tricycles — 7 deaths
  • Toy boxes — 4 deaths from entrapment, asphyxiation, drowning
  • Scooters — 4 deaths
  • Stuffed dolls — 4 deaths from suffocation and strangulation
  • Rubber balls and small balls — 3 deaths from airway obstruction, choking

The types of toys that are associated with the largest number of injuries are non-motorized scooters, toy balls and toy vehicles. For children younger than age 5, riding toys accounted for 26 percent of estimated injuries, the most of any type of toy.

The attorneys at Munley Law are familiar with product liability claims addressing dangerous and defective toys. Holding a manufacturer accountable for a dangerous product can prevent other families from suffering a similar loss or similar injury.

If your child has been harmed by an unsafe toy or product, talk to a product liability lawyer at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys.



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