Have you finished your shopping yet for the holidays? If you have any children on your list, you need to be cautious about the toys you choose for each child. Below are several tips that can help you when you are choosing toys this year for the children on your gift list.

  • Purchase age-appropriate toys for each child. Read the labels on the toys to ensure you are not purchasing a toy that is intended for an older child. You should also read the label for any warnings to make sure the toy does not pose a danger to the child (e. choking hazards for small children).
  • Avoid purchasing toys with small parts for younger children who might put small items in their mouth.
  • Look for toys that state they are non-toxic on the label or box.
  • Avoid toys that shoot objects, including toy guns, because they can cause injury to eyes.
  • Be careful when purchasing toys with magnets and batteries, especially button batteries. Make sure the batteries and magnets are in a sealed compartment that a child cannot open.
  • Do not purchase toys that have long strings or cords. Strings and cords can be strangulation hazards, especially for young children.
  • In addition to choosing toys that are age-appropriate, you should choose toys based on the child’s interest level, skills, and abilities.
  • When choosing a digital device, you need to be diligent to limit the time on the device to an appropriate amount and limit access to the internet as appropriate for the age of the child.
  • Check the toy recall list to ensure that the toy has not been recalled for safety reasons.
  • When purchasing a riding toy, skates, scooters, and skateboards, you should also purchase a helmet and other safety gear.

For more information about toy safety, you can visit the Safe Kids Worldwide website and the American Academy of Pediatrics website.

New Orleans Defective Product Attorneys

Some toys are dangerous because of a defect. The defect can cause a child to be injured or worse.  Thousands of children and adults are injured by defective products in the United States each year. When a product is defective, the person who is injured can recover compensation from one or more parties. The liable parties can include the designer, manufacturer, retailer, and distributor. The party or parties liable for the damages depends on at what stage in the process the defect occurred.

Hiring a product liability attorney is your first step in recovering money for your claim. The attorneys of The Olinde Firm represent clients who have been injured by defective medical devices or defective drugs. If you believe you have been injured, we want to hear from you.

Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for a free consultation. You can reach our office by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889 to request a free case evaluation with a New Orleans defective product attorney.