Product liability cases stemming from serious injuries are always unfortunate. But they're even sadder when the innocent victim is a child who was simply playing with a toy.
As a parent, you have a right to expect that any toy you purchase for your child is safe for his or her use. However, history is rife with stories of defective or poorly designed toys that put children in danger.
At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC, our defective products lawyers have helped families like yours after a defective toy hurt an innocent child. We understand the complexities of these cases and know how to pursue compensation from the parties responsible.
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Danger in The Toy Box
Modern toys are often complicated pieces of machinery. And that's great- these toys are fun, interesting and often quite educational. Children can get a lot of joy out of a well-crafted modern toy.
However, the more complicated the machine, the more chances there are for something to go awry. And even simple toys can pose a danger if they are not designed and manufactured with care.
Toys can put kids in danger in a number of cases, including those where:
- The toy is made from toxic or dangerous materials
- The toy contains small parts that can snap off and become dislodged in a child's throats
- The toy poses a fire hazard
- The toy has sharp edges that can cut a child
- The toy contains electronics or electrical parts that pose a shock hazard
These issues are sometimes caused by poor design- the person responsible for conceiving new toys simply didn't see the problem. And sometimes the design is basically sound, but gets undermined by poor manufacturing processes.
Whatever the specific cause of the defect, a defective toy can cause significant injuries to your child. Our defective products lawyers take these cases seriously.
Don't throw the toy out after it hurts your child. Keep it in a safe place so that our lawyers and experts can examine it. And retain any purchase records that might exist for the product.
What Are Common Toy Products That Become Defective?
Toy products that can pose a serious risk to children include anything with wires, products with small, unattached parts, toys that are easily swallowed (such as magnets), toys with sharp edges, and toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing process.
While parents have a responsibility to choose age-appropriate toys, toy manufacturers must properly label their products, include sufficient safety instructions, and make sure their toys meet all safety standards. When they fail to do so and injury follows, victims and their families have legal options that should absolutely be explored.
What Are Some Injury Risks Caused by Defective Toys?
Defective toys can cause many injuries, some of which are fatal. Among the most common are:
- Burns and electrocution
- Choking and suffocation
- Eye and face injury
- Head and brain injury
- Internal injuries
No matter the injury, when a child is harmed by a toy, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney to learn more about your options and your rights.
Can You Sue a Toy Company?
Yes. You can sue a toy company for damages when one of their products causes harm. It is important to remember that establishing fault and proving harm can be very difficult tasks. It is a good idea to talk to an experienced product liability attorney before taking any action on your own.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Defective Toys Case in Georgia?
You have two years from the date of an injury to file a product liability claim. We strongly encourage you to act swiftly. Some things become more complicated to prove as time passes.
What Kind of Evidence Is Needed?
Evidence that may be presented in a defective toy case includes:
- The toy itself
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
- Victim testimony
Gathering evidence can be a difficult task. Our lawyers have the resources necessary to uncover evidence through a thorough investigative process. We will collect all of the evidence needed to build your case.
How Can I Prepare for Court?
We will prepare your case for court, even if a trial is not expected. A majority of these claims settle long before a trial is needed, but we are here for any eventuality and will stand by your side, fighting for your rights until your case has come to a close. And remember, we work on a contingency basis. If you do not win your case, we do not get paid.
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If your child was hurt by a defective toy in the Atlanta, Georgia area, our defective products lawyers want to hear your story. Please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today for a free consultation by calling 404-760-7400 today!