Toy-Related Injuries to Children [Infographic]

Posted on by Howard G. Silverman in Personal Injury, Product Liability

Hazardous Toys

Were you ever injured while playing with a toy as a kid? Whether you fell off your bike and scraped your knee or hurt your eye with a flying object from a toy, you are not alone. Toy injuries are common. In fact, over 250,000 children suffered toy-related injuries in 2014 alone. Some injuries are minor and don’t require a trip to the emergency room. But other injuries can cause serious harm.

Kids may suffer a concussion if they fall off their bike while not wearing a helmet. Toddlers may choke on a small part from a toy designed for older children. That’s why it’s important to follow toy safety recommendations to avoid injuries. By choosing age-appropriate toys and requiring your child to wear a helmet, you reduce your child’s risk of injury. After all, toys should be fun for children. Toys shouldn’t be dangerous or cause harm. For information on toy-related injuries to children, check out our infographic below.

Toy-Related Injuries to Children [Infographic]

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toy-related injuries to children

Product Liability Attorneys

You can protect your children from toy-related injuries to an extent. But you can’t protect them from defective products. A defective toy is hazardous to children and can cause them harm. If your child was injured by a defective toy, you deserve a compassionate attorney on your side. Contact the defective product attorneys at Haggerty & Silverman for a free evaluation. We will evaluate your case and get you compensation for your child’s injuries. Do not hestitate to call us at 717-397-3200 or fill out our contact form online.


Trampoline Accidents Cause Costly Hospital Visits

Posted on by Howard G. Silverman in Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Product Liability

One of America’s favorite pastimes is baseball. Yet when it comes to home recreational activities, there’s another old time favorite. Trampolines.

The trampoline was invented back in 1887 to help firefighters catch people trapped in burning buildings. In 1936, two gymnasts created the modern day trampoline sold all over the world today. When a consumer purchases a trampoline, it’s not as durable as back then and it’s much more…bouncy!

Pennsylvania Trampoline Accident Lawyers With that said, a recent study conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine concluded that between 2002 and 2011 there have been 1,000,000 people injured in trampoline accidents. The injuries ranged from simple bruises to lacerations, broken bones and concussions. The unfortunate reality is that most of these accidents involved young children. Clinical research coordinator for pediatric orthopedic surgery, Meagan Sabatino, was part of this research group.

“These numbers are an estimate,” she said, “because we pulled data from hospital emergency rooms, which doesn’t account for the number of people visiting urgent care hospitals or not seeking treatment at all.”

A large number of doctors are now calling for a ban on trampoline sales. They cite that there was a spike in 2004 with 110,000 patients being admitted to the emergency room. And even with a decline in trampoline accidents, there was still 80,000 ER visits in 2011. Most of the injuries were broken bones. As a matter of fact, 95% of the trampoline accidents were breaks and fractures.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the doctors in the Indiana University study group both agree that more children than adults are injured on trampolines, and they consider this sports apparatus to be a “significant public health problem”. According to the IU School of Medicine, emergency room visits, related to trampoline accidents, cost over $1 billion over a 10 years period. In short, trampoline accidents cause costly hospital visits.

If you’re wondering what sorts of broken bones were being reported, they were broken ribs, spines and necks. The age range for the injured were from 9 years old to 16 years old, with the latter being more traumatic. Dr.  Randall T. Loder, chair of the IU School of Medicine and the study’s lead author, made his opinion perfectly clear.

“I think trampolines should not be allowed in backyards. It’s that simple,” he said. “It’s a significant public health problem.”

Were You Injured On A Trampoline?

Haggerty & Silverman has always been about clients, but we’re also family oriented. The safety of children and young adults has always been one of our priorities. It’s highly advised that you check with your insurance company to ensure that trampoline accident claims are covered.

In the event that you or your child has been injured in a trampoline accident on someones property or at a public facility, contact Haggerty & Silverman to see if you qualify for compensation. Medical costs these days are still skyrocketing, and you have a right to recover for any injuries sustained off your property. In the same light, if you have a defective trampoline, we can help you make all the legal decisions to recover damages from the manufacturer.

FDA Warns Acetaminophen May Cause Liver Damage

Posted on by Howard G. Silverman in Personal Injury, Product Liability

acetaminophen-product-liability-haggerty-silvermanHow much is too much? The FDA has issued a warning that too much Acetaminophen may lead to liver damage. This may sound like old news, but in fact, the FDA has recently come to this conclusion after several new studies were conducted.

When you’ve had surgery, dental work or have been injured, many doctors prescribe specific pain relievers while you’re recovering. However, when you get home, it’s most likely that you will still have discomfort or constant pain. So you contact your doctor and they suggest an OTC (over the counter) remedy or give you a prescription. Sometimes that prescription is simply Acetaminophen.

The problem is, overuse of Acetaminophen has shown to contribute to liver damage. In 2011, the FDA requested that manufacturers limit the amount of Acetaminophen to 325mg per capsule/tablet. However, as of January 2014 (the date set by the FDA to comply), more than half the manufacturers of prescription Acetaminophen are still placing product on the market over 325mg.

When people think of overdosing, they think about illegal drugs or heavy duty medication. But according to the National Institutes of Health, Acetaminophen overdose is a very common poisoning affecting people worldwide. The outcome of this sort of overdose is liver damage and sometimes death.

Symptoms Of Acetaminophen Overdose

So what can also happen with taking too much Acetaminophen? Serious skin reactions can occur. This includes skin redness and irritation, blisters, rashes and the loss of skin on various parts of your body.

Most manufacturers make sure to warn consumers of the dangers, and even add this information on their warning labels. Then, there are manufacturers who do not. As mentioned before, more than half of these manufacturers that produce and distribute OTC prescriptions don’t always regulate the amount of Acetaminophen in their medications.

If you feel that you have been exposed to an excessive amount of Acetaminophen or have had a reaction but there was no warning label to inform you of the dangers, you may have a case. A Lancaster product liability lawyer at Haggety & Silverman is waiting to speak with you. Our legal experts and the specialist we utilize can provide all the information you need. Rest assured, if you do have a case, we aggressively represent clients just like you who were misled by pharmaceutical companies. Call 717-397-3200