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Common Issues in Childcare Products and Toys

Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Firstly, they are mentally limited to identify the dangers around them. Secondly, they are physically limited to protect themselves from these dangers, regardless of them being aware of the danger or not.
It is just tragic to think that childcare products and toys – products that are supposed to help the children – have the chance of being the ones who actually cause the children harm. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, entire companies can be held accountable for the pain and suffering caused by their defective childcare products and toys.
But what exactly are these defects? Below are some of the most common issues associated with childcare products and toys.

Age-unsuitability

The products may not have any “defects” in the most basic sense of the term, but them being age-inappropriate can still make them potentially dangerous. Labels play an important role here. Designers and manufacturers should make sure that the age label in their products are correct. If the products are used by a different age group, especially a younger one, they may cause physical or mental harm.
The most common age-unsuitability cases include:

  • Choking hazards, such as small and detachable parts
  • Dangerous designs, like pointy corners and sharp edges
  • Dangerous parts, such as fans and motors
  • Sexual or violent content

Choking Hazard

Even though choking hazards are already in the age-unsuitability category, they still deserve an entry in this list because not all choking hazards are caused by age bracket problems. But whatever the case may be, the fact that children are at risk of choking, asphyxiation, and other related conditions doesn’t change. Here are the most common choking hazards:

  • Detachable parts
  • Products that are too easy to break
  • Products that are small enough to be put into the mouth, but not big enough to be swallowed effectively
  • Small, round, and hard objects like marbles

Dangerous Materials

Some products are just downright dangerous for children, so using them in childcare products and toys are negligent and unacceptable. Some products may cause minor skin irritations, but some can potentially lead to fatal complications and comatose. Here are some dangerous materials that can be present in childcare products and toys:

  • Chemicals such as mercury
  • Combustible materials
  • Excessive foams, plastics, and rubbers
  • Metals and metalloids like lead and arsenic

Petrified of Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim?

It is perfectly okay to be afraid of pursuing a personal injury claim. You could flee before it like a spider would a Basilisk and assume that someone else is going to save you – but really, help can only be found when you ask for it.

Why are some people afraid of pursuing a personal injury claim? According to the website of Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, some people don’t want to have to deal with the tedious ordeal of the legal process that can look intimidating from the first glance. But the thing about personal injury cases is that these are the kinds of injuries that you cannot just wait out and wish away.

On the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, it can be determined that though the different cases concerning a personal injury claim may be different, the consequences can be similar in terms of the things that survivors suffer through such as the medical expenses as well as the lost wages due to the recovery period required after the injury. If the person injured was also the main source of income of the family, so many other people could be affected by one act of negligence.

What does negligence have to do with anything? The website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter points out that personal injury cases are ones that deal with situations wherein one party is injured due to the negligence (be it willfully or unintentionally harmful) of another party. The injury suffered could be physical, emotional, mental, or any such concoction of all three. Can you imagine having to suffer these consequences and have to pay for them as well (both literally and figuratively) when the incident that caused them wasn’t even your fault?

Though the prospect of filing a personal injury lawsuit can be frightening, you are warranted justice as well as compensation for the horrible wrong that has been done onto you.