Avoiding Dangerous Toys This Holiday Season

It is that time of year again. Parents and family members are running around purchasing toys to give to the little ones in their lives. These presents are expected to bring nothing but joy and happiness. Unfortunately, that is not always the way it works. Sometimes, toys are dangerous and end up hurting the children who play with them.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to evaluate toy safety this holiday season. If the unthinkable does happen, though, and your child is hurt by an unsafe toy, our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., are here to help.

How to Choose Safe Toys

When purchasing toys, there are many safety tips to keep in mind. HealthyChildren.org recommends:

  • Review the label to ensure the product is safe for the age group you are buying for, and review any safety tips or warnings associated with the product.
  • Also check to ensure the label specifies that any toy is labeled as being “non-toxic.”
  • Ensure that the toy, and all parts of any toy, are bigger than a child’s mouth to prevent a choking hazard.
  • Make sure that no toy is too loud, as that could damage a child’s hearing.
  • Look for stuffed toys that do not have any bean stuffing that could pose a choking hazard, ribbon or strings that could pose a strangulation risk, or seams that are loose.
  • Remember that hobby kits and chemistry sets are only meant for children older than 12.
  • Only purchase electric toys that have a label indicating that they are “UL Approved.”
  • Never buy soft bedding or objects for a child’s crib. Also ensure any mobiles are kept away from a child’s reach, even once they start pushing themselves up.

Following these tips will help protect the children you love from preventable accidents.

What to Do If Your Child Is Hurt by a Toy

When a child is hurt by a dangerous or defective toy, you need to learn about your rights under Pennsylvania’s product liability laws. To help protect your rights, you should:

  • Get medical attention for your child right away.
  • Do not throw away the toy, as it could be used as evidence.
  • Take pictures of the toy and your child’s injuries.
  • Keep a diary and note how your child’s injuries have affected your family and your lives.

Before you speak to anyone about the accident, including an insurance representative, you should speak to one of our attorneys. We can review your case for free and explain all your legal options.

Talk to a Product Liability Lawyer Now

If your child has been injured by a toy, you may be eligible for compensation, but you have to act quickly. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers have the experience and resources to take on large toy manufacturers and demand the compensation your child needs to heal.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

Co-founder and senior shareholder of our law firm, Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Kenneth M. Rothweiler began his career as a legal clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Dedicated to complex personal injury litigation, he has tried more than 100 jury trials. These cases resulted in some of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania.