Child Choking Hazards
Because children lack the experience and reflexes to protect themselves from small objects that may pose a choking hazard, it is extremely important for parents and supervisors to keep these dangerous items out of reach. Sometimes, however, even products made for infants and toddlers can be defective and break into small, unsafe pieces. If you notice that one of your child’s toys has done just that, or if your child has suffered a choking injury from a poorly manufactured plaything, then you may have the right to take legal action against the negligent company.
Objects to Avoid
As a parent or supervisor, it is your responsibility to keep small, hard objects away from your child and to provide him or her with toys and food that are soft and safe. By keeping the following items out of your household or well beyond your youngsters’ reach, you can more effectively safeguard your children from the dangers of choking:
- Hard, small, and/or round foods such as grapes, hot dogs, or carrots
- Light and dry foods like popcorn or chips
- Sticky, chewy, and/or gummy foods like gum, candy, and peanut butter
- Tassels, blind pulls, and clothing drawstrings
- Small, round objects like marbles and batteries
- Pen caps
Children are inherently curious and tend to explore new objects by using all five senses, including taste. If they encounter a small, new object, they are likely to stick it in their mouth and run the risk of choking.
If your child has suffered a choking injury from an improperly labeled or faulty product, then you may have a right to claim damages from the responsible company. Contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733 to learn more about your legal options.