Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 06, 2013
If you are a parent, grandparent, godparent, aunt or uncle to a small child, the holiday season is a time for picking out the perfect gift or gifts. However, those looking for a present for a child have more to be more to be concerned about than whether the child will like it, said Jennifer L. Donaldson, Denver child injury lawyer.
"Unfortunately, toy companies continue to manufacture products for children around the holiday season that are unsafe," Donaldson said. "It's important for those selecting these gifts to closely examine products for potential hazards, and it is incumbent upon parents to carefully monitor the presents their children are receiving."
"As someone who has represented children in injury cases, I can attest that it is something no parent or older relative should ever go through," she continued. "By using caution while buying gifts, you may be able to save your child from severe injury or illness."
Hazards can range widely, Donaldson said. Toys may have sharp edges or sharp points. They may have small parts that a child could choke upon. They could be made of chemicals that are toxic, and even contain unsafe amount of lead. Toys with poorly tested electronics may shock a child, and toys with projectiles can injure a child's eyes.
On Nov. 26, 2013, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a national advocacy organization, released its annual Trouble in Toyland report, detailing hazards in toys on the market. In addition to the problems mentioned, it found toys with unhealthy levels of phthalates, a substance used in plastics, toys that made so much noise they endangered a child's hearing, and toys with an unsafe use of magnets that, if swallowed, could cause gastroenterological injuries if ingested.
According to U.S. PIRG’s annual report some of the offending toys include:
"The U.S. PIRG guide serves as a great guide of what not to buy," said the Denver child injury lawyer. "However, it cannot contain every item a person might buy for a child. To keep young ones safe from injury, shoppers should take a careful look at every aspect of a gift they buy for any child younger than a teenager."
Products that have hazards are supposed to carry warning labels, but as the PIRG guide demonstrates, some do not, Donaldson said. Some issues to look out for, she continued, include:
Parents should also check every toy and present their child received, Donaldson said.
"If buyers and parents are both cautious, then at least two sets of eyes have examined a child's gift," she said. "Every gift from the holiday season should carry memories of joy, and not the heartbreak that an injury or toxin-induced illness bring."
If your child is injured by a dangerous toy or by the negligence of a third party, then parents can help to protect their child’s future by seeking compensation for their child's injuries. A dedicated child injury attorney can assist the parents with mounting medical expenses and the child by ensuring adequate compensation to provide for future needs, including medical expenses, by pursuing an appropriate settlement or verdict from the responsible party.
Jennifer L. Donaldson, of the Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson, is a Denver personal injury lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in fighting to help make the victims of negligence and harmful acts whole, including children.