In a strange twist of events, what has become a nationwide trend among children could now become a danger to your family’s safety. Electronic versions of “fidget spinner” toys equipped with Bluetooth speakers have recently become known as a fire hazard. These toys require being plugged-in to charge their batteries, which may explode while charging. Similarly to Hoverboards and certain cell phones, these batteries may be unsafe, endangering your children. While there have only been two confirmed cases (in Michigan and Alabama), parents should always be on guard for dangerous toys.
If you or your child was injured because of an exploding battery on a toy or other device, contact a personal injury attorney. The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm represent injured consumers throughout Pennsylvania. Our attorneys may be able to take your injury case and fight for compensation on your behalf.
Suing for Exploding Toy Injuries
Products that are sold on the open market are expected to be safe. America has seen trendy toys become a danger in the past, and we will likely see this kind of thing happen again in the future. As many of these defective toys become hits among many age groups, their sales skyrocket. However, in an attempt to mass-produce toys to meet demand, many manufacturers create unsafe products.
Many toys have multiple hazards that, based on the age group, the warnings attached, and other factors, may lead to a lawsuit. Fidget spinners have already been touted as choking hazards, since some small pieces of plastic can fall off and be swallowed by accident. Other toys with parts that may detach have similar risks. Other toys may be unreasonably sharp, or otherwise dangerous. However, it is becoming more and more common that toys that use internal batteries and external power chargers become explosion hazards.
If the design of a toy is unreasonably unsafe and the manufacturers failed to warn about the dangers, it could lead to a lawsuit. If an unreasonably dangerous product injured you or your child, you may be able to take the manufacturer to court. This type of case is based on their failure to warn about the dangers of the product.
There are two other types of cases for dangerous products, focusing on product defects. The first is called a “design defect” case. In these cases, there is some flaw in the design of the product that makes all products like it unreasonably dangerous. These dangers could easily be corrected by an alternate design, but the manufacturers failed to use that alternate design. The second type of case is a “manufacturing defect” case. In these cases, the manufacturer deviated from the design by forgetting pieces, using cheaper materials, or failing to properly assemble the toy. This could lead to serious injuries, especially if the toy has a lot of mechanical or fast moving pieces.
Compensation for Defective Product Injuries
Some of these products, especially those with dangerous batteries, can affect the whole family. The fire hazards from exploding batteries could catch parts of your house on fire, causing injury to everyone in your household. While the batteries in fidget spinners are small, other toys like Hoverboards have larger batteries that could create a larger fire hazard.
If you or anyone in your family was injured, you may be able to seek compensation from the product manufacturer. These manufacturers are required to make safe products, and anything that makes the product unsafe could be considered a breach of their duty to consumers. If there is a design defect, a manufacturing defect, or a failure to warn of product dangers, you might be able to sue the manufacturer for you injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a defective product, the manufacturer could be made to pay for your medical bills. With some products, such as blenders, lawnmowers, or snow blowers, these injuries could even involve amputation. For things like toys, the dangers are more likely to include burns, cuts, and injuries from falling off of ride-on toys.
If you work and suffered injuries that kept you from returning to work, you might be entitled to your lost wages.
Lastly, you might be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Especially for a child, even relatively minor injuries could be quite traumatic. If your child suffered injuries, they might be entitled to direct compensation for their physical pain and mental suffering, separate from the money to pay for medical bills.
Philadelphia Defective Product Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one was injured by any defective product, whether it was a defective toy, a defective household appliance, or a defective vehicle, contact an attorney. The Philadelphia product injury lawyers at The Reiff Law Firm might be able to take your case and fight for your compensation. Call (215) 246-9000 today for a free consultation on your case.