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Recent study underscores personal injury hazards posed by toys

This is the time of the year when the sales of children's toys soar. The variety of toys available for every age group is astonishing, and parents have a multitude of choices. However, how often do parents stop to consider the dangers posed by many of the toys on the shelves of toy stores? Tennessee parents may be interested in the findings of a recent study on the personal injury hazards posed by toys.

The study based its findings on data about emergency medical treatment of child injuries that were caused by toys from 1990 through 2011. During that time, the number of toy-related child injuries exceeded three million. In 2011 alone, emergency rooms treated a child an average of every three minutes for toy injuries, and children under the age of five accounted for more than 50 percent of those incidents. The primary risk to such young children appears to be toys with small parts that children put in their mouths, causing a choking hazard and was responsible for an average of 14 such emergencies per day.

The study determined that the toys that resulted in most injuries were riding toys. These included tricycles and wagons for children under five and foot powered scooters for children between five and 17 years of age. After the introduction of a new version of foot-powered scooters came onto the market in 2000, injury rates apparently rose by approximately 40 percent.

The study underscored the importance of improved safety standards, better design and effective recall procedures. Parents of children who have suffered personal injury as a result of defective or dangerous toys are entitled to pursue recovery of financial losses incurred. They retain the right to file a product liability claim in a Tennessee civil court. They may name the manufacturer and the retailer who offered the toys for sale to the consumer market as defendants, among others in the supply chain to the consumer. Successful claims may result in compensation for medical expenses, along with any additional damages as recognized by applicable laws.

Source: sciencetimes.com, "Millions of Children Have Been Injured By Toys Since 1990", Alfred Kristoffer A. Guiang, Dec. 3, 2014

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