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Looking for a Lawyer About Children’s Toys

Who do I talk to about unsafe products? I think I need a lawyer but I’m just not sure where to look, so I’m asking around here just to see if anyone out there can point me in the right direction.

I have a toddler, his name is Jeremy, and he’s a clever boy, just absolutely incredible. I don’t want to gush about him, I just want to lay out right here at the top that this was not his fault, and I don’t believe it was mine either.

Anyway, I bought him a toy recently that was designed for two and under. I don’t want to mention the brand or the toy because I don’t know if I can be sued for posting on here, but the toy was a sort of talking figure where you press and button and it says catchphrases. You’ve seen the kind I’m talking about.

I gave it to Jeremy and not five minutes went by before a piece came off and got lodged in his throat. For the scariest thirty seconds of my life, I struggled to get that stupid piece out of his throat. I did finally, but I was so worried that he’d suffered something like brain damage from the lack of oxygen, I spent three hours in the emergency room.

He’s fine. They said the piece only partly obstructed his breathing and I got it out quickly enough, but now I’ve got a big emergency room bill coming my way, and I don’t think I should have to pay it.

I think the toy maker should pay it and then some.

So who do I contact? I’ve found a lawyer at the Crowe and Mulvey Law Firm who deals with unsafe products, but it’s related to deaths. Should I contact them anyway and see if they will take the case? Or should I find someone specifically who deals with accidents but not deaths?

By the way, I want to make it clear that I’m not looking for a big cash payout or something. I hate people who sue for absolutely no reason. I want to make sure I get my money back for the emergency room, and I want them to take the product off the shelf so no one else has an accident. I’m not naive enough to think a call to their complaint line will get results on either of those points. I need a lawyer who will at least threaten to sue if nothing else.

But, again, I don’t know who to ask. And I’m afraid I’ll end up with a lawyer’s bill on top of my medical bills, which is the last thing I need.

So does anyone have any recommendations? Anyone know a trustworthy lawyer who doesn’t charge too much for these sorts of things.

Please remember, there could be kids’ lives at stake, so get back to me as soon as possible. I’m happy to share more detailed information about the even privately.

Common Choking Hazards for Children

Children are not just physically and mentally limited to protect themselves, but they can also be curious and reckless, putting them at risk of injuries. One of the most common causes of injuries in children is choking. As the adult, you have the responsibility to make sure that the children are in safe conditions to prevent the risks of choking.

The common choking hazards for children are listed below, because the first step to prevention is knowledge.

Food
Children have the tendency to not chew their food and swallow it whole, putting them at risk of choking. The most common food items that can be choking hazards are hard and round, such as nuts, seeds, popcorns, candies, raisins, hotdogs, and even chunks of meat and vegetables.

That does not mean you should avoid these food items altogether. You can cut them up to smaller pieces, so when the child accidently swallows them whole, they will not be stuck in the throat. Also, discipline the child to focus on the act of eating and to employ the proper eating position to prevent accidental choking.

Toys
Consider the toys you get for your child, as they can be choking hazards as well. This is especially true on small toys, such as balloons and marbles. But even big toys can be choking hazards, especially those that have small detachable parts that your child may put in his or her mouth. Avoid these kinds of toys or at least read the age-appropriation of the toys before you buy them for your child.

Toys as choking hazards are taken seriously even by the legal community. There are lawyers who specialize on choking hazard claims on children toys, such as those from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®.

Small Objects
Any small item inside or outside the household can be a choking hazard, such as coins, pins, magnets, and rocks. Always supervise your child to make sure that he or she is not putting small objects in the mouth. Even better, make small objects inaccessible for your child. Put the coins, pins, and magnets on places where they are organized and not on the reach of your child.