Every parent knows that scrapes, bruises, and minor injuries are par for the course when raising happy, active children. You set up play dates, buy them toys, and follow safety guidelines to the best of your ability. Unfortunately, that may not be enough when manufacturers produce toys that are defective and dangerous. If you’re reading this, chances are your child was recently injured by a defective toy, and you’re wondering what you should do next. In this blog, our team gives a brief overview of defective toys, facts and statistics you should know and why speaking to a child safety lawyer is the best move you can make right now.
What is a Defective Toy?
The answer to this question is a bit more complicated than you may realize. More than just a wheel popping off a scooter, there are three kinds of toy defects our child safety lawyers have seen in the courtroom:
- Manufacturing defects, which happen while a toy is being assembled incorrectly.
- Design defects, which mean the toy technically works, but the design is dangerous.
- Defects in marketing, where the toy’s labels or instructions are inadequate and fail to warn parents of the possible dangers.
It is important to choose a product liability law firm that has experience knowing these important distinctions when it comes to your product defect case. You don’t want a product defect law firm that’s going to learn about product liability on the fly, you want an experienced law firm that understands the complexities of product defect law. We at Patrick Daniel understand the ins and outs of product defect law.
Toy Injuries: Facts and Statistics
The numbers surrounding toy injuries and deaths would make any parent nervous. According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff, in 2018, roughly 226,100 injuries attended to in ERs in the United States were toy-related. In that same year, among kids under 15 years of age, CPSC staff were made aware of 17 toy-associated deaths. At Patrick Daniel Law, we understand that in many of these cases, an injury could have been prevented, especially if toy manufacturers were held accountable. We achieve our goal of keeping kids safe by taking on large toy companies and fighting for the compensation our clients and their families deserve.
Recent Product Defect Legal Cases and Product Defect Settlements
Since keeping kids safe is an almost universal priority in the U.S., it is surprising that manufacturers and distributors have been allowed to release toys that can cause critical injuries and even death. Take, for example, a batch of defective toys and children’s products that were recently available on Amazon, according to a 2019 report by CNN. Amazon also had to settle a case regarding a product defect where unsafe hoverboards were being sold to children.
And then there are the product recalls. Disney had a major product defect regarding some of their defective toys that kids were choking on. S.R. Smith has to recall some of their defective slides. Mattel also has to recall toys they were selling that contained lead paint. And there are many more product liability cases or recalls where children have been affected.
Speak with A Product Defect Attorney in Houston Today
Our trusted and experienced product defect attorneys in Houston have two goals in mind when you walk through our door: that your family receives the compensation they need to get on with their lives and building a future where safe kids are the reality. If you’re ready to take a stand with a team of highly skilled product liability lawyers, contact our Houston Law Firm online or call us at 713-999-6666 today.