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Increase in Toy Related Injuries Concerns Experienced California Injury Lawyers

By Kelly Balamuth on December 16, 2014

Defective Product LawyerDespite heroic attempts by federal and state governments to improve children’s toy safety and increased awareness by parents and caregivers of the risks certain toys pose, the number of children injured by defective toys or in toy-related accidents continues to climb, according to a study published recently in Clinical Pediatrics.

Experienced California personal injury lawyers view the new numbers with concern.  Researchers found that between 1990 and 2011, toy-related injuries jumped from just over 120,000 per year to over 195,000 by 2011.  The injury rate also increased.  In 1990, 18.9 children per 10,000 visited an emergency room for treatment of a toy-related injury.  By 2011, 25.6 children per 10,000 needed emergency care for harm caused by a toy.

The study examined data collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and stored in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).  Researchers used data from a sample of 100 hospitals with 24-hour emergency rooms and inpatient services.

Researchers discovered other patterns in the data they examined as well.  For instance, they found that children under age 5 suffered just over half, or 50.5 percent, of all toy-related injuries.  Within this age group, 2-year-olds were most likely to suffer harm.  Eighty percent of the injuries were suffered while the child was at home.  Most of the children – 98 percent – were treated and released from the emergency room without needing an inpatient hospital stay.

One possible cause of the increase in injuries the researchers identified: foot-powered scooters, which became popular with children in the mid to late 2000s.  The study found that injuries on these toys increased 74 percent.  Safer designs and the use of safety equipment like helmets could reduce many of these injuries, researchers suggested.

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