Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) has released its top 10 Worst Toys list for 2022:
- Cocomelon Musical Learning Watch: Potential for battery ingestion injuries.
- Disney Raya’s Action and Adventure Sword: Potential for blunt force and eye injuries.
- Li’l Woodzeez Tickle-Your-Taste-Buds Bakery: Potential for choking injuries.
- Zeus Lion: Potential for ingestion/aspiration injuries.
- Dingray Musical Bath Toy: Potential for ingestion and choking injuries.
- Ooze Labs Chemistry Station: Potential for chemical-related injuries.
- Bunny Rabbit Cuddly Pillow: Potential for suffocation.
- Pop’n Fidget Spinners: Potential for choking injuries.
- Nerf Pro Gelfire Mythic Blasters: Potential for eye and facial injuries.
- Black Panther Wakanda Battle Claws: Potential for eye and facial injuries.
While shopping for toys this holiday season, make sure you keep safety in mind.
How Toys Injure Children?
One of the biggest toy dangers is the potential for choking. Every year, there are thousands of children who end up in the emergency room because they choked on a small toy part. To protect your child, always make sure that any toy they play with is age-appropriate and properly sized.
Another common danger is sharp edges. If a child falls on a sharp toy, they can easily get injured.
Additionally, many toys contain small pieces that can easily be swallowed by a child. These small pieces can cause serious intestinal blockages, which often require surgery to fix. To avoid this, always check the recommended age for each toy, and never give your child a toy that is too small or contains small parts.
Before you head out to buy your child their next toy, make sure to do your research, and choose something safe.
What if My Child Has Been Injured by a Defective Toy?
If your child is injured by a defective toy, you may have a products liability claim. A products liability claim is a type of personal injury claim that allows people who have been injured by a dangerous product to hold manufacturers, distributors, and/or retailers responsible for injuries.
To prove a toy injured your child, you will need to show that the toy was defective and that this defect caused your child’s injury. You may also need to show that the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer knew or should have known about the defect and failed to take steps to correct it.
There are three types of products liability claims:
- Defective design: The flaw in the design caused the toy to be unreasonably dangerous.
- Manufacturing defect: The toy was designed correctly but there was some error in the manufacturing process.
- Failure to warn: The manufacturer knew there could be potential injuries if a toy was used incorrectly but failed to alert parents to such potential dangers and explain how to use the toy correctly.
When you bring a claim, a manufacturer may try to argue that your child contributed to the injuries in some way or misused the toy. Therefore, it is important to keep any evidence that may support your case.
If you believe your child has been injured due to a defective product or toy, contact an experienced lawyer. They can help you understand any legal options available to you.
Media Personal Injury Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Can Help You if Your Child Was Harmed by a Defective Toy
Nothing is more important than the safety of your child. If your child has been injured by a defective toy, speak with one of our Media personal injury lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.