Approximately 220,000 children are admitted into hospitals for toy-related injuries according to John Hopkins University School of Medicine. There is a spike in the number of children who are brought to hospital emergency rooms during the wintertime holiday season. A couple of dozen children die annually because of toy injuries, also according to John Hopkins.
A parent of a child who has suffered a toy injury needs to understand what remedies are available in the legal system. A parent must understand what steps need to be taken to protect the rights and interests of a child following an injury arising from a defective toy. This includes understanding the real benefits of proactively retaining the professional services of an experienced, compassionate toy injury lawyer.
Common Causes of Toy Injuries
A considerable array of toy injuries are reported annually. The leading cause of injuries to children involve different types of riding toys, like tricycles and non-powered scooters. A considerable percentage of these accidents are the result of a design or manufacturing defect associated with these types of riding toys.
Choking injuries, and deaths, represent the second most common type of toy injury experienced by children in any given year. These incidents oftentimes occur because of a design or manufacturing defect that results in small pieces becoming detached from a toy and swallowed by a child. The majority of these injury and death cases involve children under the age of three years.
Inappropriately sharp objects associated with a toy represent the third category of the underlying cause of toy injuries to children in the United States each year. A toxic element somehow associated with a toy is yet another category of injury-causing element associated with child’s toy. Finally, a number of children die annually due to suffocation associated with some sort of defective toy.
Common Types of Toy Injuries
Facial injuries, and injuries associated with the mouth, represent the most common category of toy injury sustained by children each year. Choking is included in this category. Broken bones and lacerations represent another primary category of injuries impacting children because of defective toys each year.
Compensation in a Toy Injury Claim or Lawsuit
The nature and extent of compensation associated with a toy injury involving your child hinges upon the specific facts and circumstances of the case. However, there are certain types of compensation commonly recovered in a toy injury claim or toy injury lawsuit. These are:
medical bills and expenses
pain and suffering
A sad reality associated with many toy injury cases is that a child requires medical care and treatment for a more extended period of time. For example, if a child breaks his or her leg because of defective toy injury, he or she may require therapy into the future. Therefore, an experienced toy injury attorney from The Doan Law Firm fights to ensure that compensation is obtained not only for existing or current injuries, losses, and damages, but also for those your child reasonably can be expected to face in the future because of a toy injury.
Punitive Damages and a Toy Injury Lawyer
One area in which a toy injury lawyer is invaluable is in ensuring that financial compensation is maximized when it comes to your child’s injuries. If a toy injury lawsuit is pursued, this compensation may include what are known as punitive damages.
Punitive damages represent additional financial recovery in a toy injury case for particularly reckless conduct by a toy manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or other party in the chain of design, production, and sales. Punitive damages not only provide additional money for the benefit of your injured child, but serve to punish a third-party for particularly egregious conduct in regard to a defective toy.
Toy Injury Wrongful Death Case
If tragedy has struck in your home and you have lost you son or daughter because of a defective toy, a toy injury wrongful death attorney can provide you the effective representation you must have to bring at least some semblance of justice to you. The laws in all 50 states provide you with the ability to bring what legally is called a toy injury wrongful death lawsuit.
There is no way that any amount of money can compensate a parent for the loss of a child, due to the negligence of a third party. With that clearly understood, a toy injury wrongful death attorney from The Doan Law Firm, at (800) 349-0000, will tirelessly fight to ensure that you, as a parent, receive the compensation to which you are entitled as the result of the negligence of a toy manufacturer, retailer, or other party that is responsible for the untimely death of your son or daughter.
As is the case with a toy injury claim generally, compensation in a toy injury wrongful death case depends on the specific facts and circumstances of the matter. However, there are some types of losses that parents oftentimes obtain financial recovery that include:
Retain a Toy Injury Lawyer
If your child has been injured because of a defective toy, a toy injury lawyer from The Doan Law Firm stands ready to meet with you and discuss your case. An initial appointment can be scheduled with a toy injury attorney from The Doan Law Firm by calling (800) 349-0000. The toy injury hotline is staffed around the clock, 365 days a year, including on all major holidays.
At an initial consultation with a Doan Law Firm toy injury lawyer, you will be provided an overview and evaluation of your case. Claim settlement and lawsuit strategies will be discussed with you. Any questions you have fully will be addressed by an attorney. Keep in mind that our firm does not charge a fee for an initial consultation in a toy injury case.