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Toy-Related Injuries Have Dropped in Recent Years, but Numbers Still High

By Kelly Balamuth on December 7, 2011

The number of children injured by defective toys in the United States has decreased in recent years, thanks in part to greater public awareness of dangerous toy conditions and greater regulation and enforcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, far too many children are injured by their toys each year.

In 2010, about 181,000 children were seen in emergency rooms nationwide for toy-related injuries, a significant decrease from the 251,000 children who were seen for such injuries in 2009. By far the most common injury-causing toys were non-motorized scooters. Children who were injured in scooter accidents had injuries ranging from bruises and scrapes to traumatic brain injuries. Most scooter-related accidents happened to children under age 15, and the most serious accidents frequently involved children who were not wearing helmets or safety pads when the accident occurred.

Only seven children lost their lives to defective toys in 2010, according to the CPSC. Most of these deaths were caused by choking, often on balloons or small toy parts. The CPSC recommends choosing age-appropriate toys and keeping older children’s toys away from young children to avoid choking accidents.

Defective toys can quickly turn a day of fun into a day of tears. If a child you love has been injured by a toy, please don’t hesitate to call the experienced California toy injury lawyers at Balamuth Harrington. We will help you understand your legal rights and options and fight for the compensation your family deserves. For more information, call us today at (888) 254-1234 for a free and confidential consultation.

Attorney Kelly Balamuth was profiled in the
September 2013 Issue of Plaintiff Magazine.

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