BUFFALO, N.Y. – Every time a person steps outside their home, they take a risk. Every day, thousands of car accidents send people to the hospital, construction accidents and workplace injuries are not uncommon either. However, many people don’t realize thousands of accidents actually occur inside their own homes.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio estimates an average of 36,000 bunk bed-related injuries happen in America every year. Thousands of other household products can result in life-threatening injuries as well.
Buffalo defective product attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say products are constantly changing and their dangers may not always be obvious or even labeled.
“There’s a reason many boxes warn parents of a choking hazard when you’re shopping at a toy store in Buffalo,” defective product attorney Steve Barnes said. “Not every toy or product will warn you about its potential risks and hazards, and that can be dangerous.”
Medications and facial cleansers typically stored in a bathroom can be poisonous to children. More than 10,000 cases of poisoning are reported every year due to chemicals known as ‘hydrocarbons’ found in certain bath oils.
Even heavy furniture has been known to send individuals to the emergency room. Nearly 15,000 kids have been admitted to hospitals following furniture tip-overs, such as a large big-screen TV or an armoire.
Studies have found that 9,400 children are treated every year following accidents in high chairs, likely from the high chair falling over, leaving a child’s head exposed to a potentially fatal impact with the ground.
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission is constantly updating its standards and recalling products that can be considered dangerous,” Barnes said. “Still, some accidents go unnoticed or unreported, which is why it’s important to at least contact an attorney and evaluate the potential of your case. In the end, it may prevent another injury.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 16 incidents of unintentional strangulation, many of which involve bed posts and bunk beds. Nearly every case was fatal.
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