Child Product Liability
Child product liability cases involve personal injury from defective child products and defective toys. These cases are particularly tragic because they involve harm to victims who are usually too young to appreciate and avoid the potential hazards. And oftentimes the parents erroneously assume that a product is safe simply because it is offered for sale on a store shelf. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, the governmental safety standards in place are minimum standards that merely establish a baseline for safety. The toy industry’s internal guidelines are largely voluntary without any mandates for pre-market testing or safety research. The result is an industry that sometimes focuses more on marketing and cost-cutting than on child safety. Examples of defective toys and child products that can cause personal injury include projectile toys, toys with small components that can be swallowed, weapon toys with sharp or pointed edges, trampolines and trampoline net enclosures, toy hammocks and storage nets, lead painted toys and furniture, changing tables with inadequate fall protection, cribs with entrapment hazards, swing-sets and playgrounds with catch-points or pinch-points, pajamas and other clothing made from flammable materials, toys with long strings, cords or elastic straps that pose a strangulation hazard, and electrical toys with high voltage and exposed or easily accessible wiring. In addition, various types of defective infant care products have also included certain cribs, changing tables, baby swings, cold medicines, baby formulas, plastic bottles with the chemical bPA, and child safety gates for staircases.
It is unacceptable to have children injured or killed by defectively designed and irresponsibly marketed toys, clothing or furniture. Every company that places such items into the stream of commerce, with safety as an afterthought, should be made to answer for their flawed product.
Boston, Massachusetts and Rhode Island injury lawyer Jonathan D. Sweet, Esq, a seasoned trial attorney, has zealously and successfully prosecuted child product liability cases. For more information about your potential case, contact Attorney Sweet anytime, day or night, seven days a week. There is never a charge for an initial consultation.