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Toys on the Bad List: Keep Your Child Safe

Each year, more than 25 million children are seen in emergency rooms across the country due to toy related injuries. However, this doesn’t consider the toys made with dangerous substances and materials that can make a child sick. Regardless of if you are planning out your toy-Christmas list for your child, or purchasing a toy “just because” there are certain toys that simply aren’t safe.

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If you do have a child who is injured because of a defective toy, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. If you believe this is the case, it is best to hire an attorney to review the facts and information and begin the process.

Here you can learn about some of the most dangerous toys on the market, and ensure you avoid purchasing them to keep your child safe.

Product Liability Potential of Bean Bags

While many people may not realize it, bean bags can actually be quite dangerous. The fact is, the small, polystyrene beads inside these bags may choke babies and young children. This can lead to suffocation. If you have any products including these beads, including pet beds, bean bags, pool bean bags, bean filled soft toys, or anything else, it is imperative to make sure your children cannot access the material inside.

Product Liability Potential with Toy Boxes

When your child makes a mess, you obviously want to have a way to clean it up. As a result, you may purchase a toy box. However, this may also create a product liability situation in the making. The danger of these boxes is with the lids. These have resulted in serious injuries and even fatalities in Australia and other overseas locations. These issues occur when the toy box lids fall onto a child’s head or neck. The children who are most at risk including those ages two and under. A child may also become trapped inside the box.

The good news is, there are a few tips you can use to help make a toy box safer. These include:

  • Remove the box’s lid, which is the safest option
  • Look for stoppers on the interior of the lid that provide a gap of 12 mm or more when the lid is closed
  • Choose a box with ventilation holes, which allows the flow of air if the child gets inside and can’t get out
  • Choose a lightweight plastic crate, rather than a box with a heavier lid

Product Liability Potential with Projectile Toys

Any type of projectile toy, especially suction darts that come in target gun sets, can be a choking danger to children, and the fact is, many of these are illegal. The projectile that is show may also injure a person on impact. If these projectiles happen to hit someone in the eye, there is the real possibility that the person may suffer serious sight issues.

What to Do if You are Facing a Project Liability Case Due to Dangerous Toys

If you have a child who has suffered an injury due to a dangerous toy, it is a good idea to contact an attorney right away. They will be able to review the facts of the case to determine what needs to be done next. In these cases, there are several parties who may be considered liable for the injury and an attorney with prior experience with these types of cases will be able to determine the party or parties to file the lawsuit against.

More information about product liability cases and when to hire an attorney can be found by contacting our team of attorneys at Fetterman & Associates by calling 561-845-2510.

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Miami Beach Taser Death Revives Debate Over Product Safety

The tragic death of an 18-year old graffiti artist in Miami Beach earlier this month is sure to spark renewed debate over the safety of stun guns that deliver electric shocks to incapacitate their targets. A related question concerns when it is reasonable to use the stun guns if they should be used at all.

An investigation last year conducted by Amnesty International uncovered at least 500 deaths since 2001 that occurred after a person was Tasered. At least 60 of these deaths were directly attributed to the use of a Taser as a cause or contributing factor; while other causes were found for the other deaths, the Taser shock may still have played a factor.

Amnesty had previously conducted a study in 2008 of hundreds of Taser deaths and there found that 90% of the victims were unarmed at the time, and many received multiple shocks at the hands of the police. Most recently, the American Heart Association released a paper which unequivocally states that a shock from a Taser can lead to cardiac arrest or death.

What is a Taser?

Miami Beach Taser DeathA Taser is a device manufactured by Taser, Inc. which delivers an electrical shock, either by applying the device directly to the person or by firing a pair of barbed wires which lodge in the skin and deliver pulses of electricity. In either case, the victim is rendered unable to control his or her bodily movements for a period of time after the shock is delivered. Other companies, such as Stinger, manufacture similar stun guns as well, although the Taser name has entered the lexicon due to its widespread adoption by law enforcement agencies across the country.

Are They Safe Enough?

Are Tasers safe enough to be used, or should the police use other methods to subdue a violent suspect? The makers of Tasers argue that their devices are safer than other methods, such as physical force with fists or batons, pepper spray and mace.

One major concern is that since Tasers are marketed as nonlethal and safer approaches, they appear to be overused as a means of pacifying or controlling people who are not even acting violently toward the police. Our hearts go out to the family of Israel Hernandez-Llach, the young man who lost his life in Miami Beach on August 9th.

It may prove necessary to take steps to make Tasers safer or improve the instructions and training that police officers receive before using such devices, and legal action may be necessary to force a change in such behavior before any more needless deaths occur. If you or a family member is harmed by a Taser or similar device, contact the Law Team at Fetterman & Associates to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at our offices in West Palm Beach or Port St. Lucie.

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