To a child, nothing says “happy holidays” like a new toy in festive gift wrap. However, hazardous toys cause more harm than cheer, but you don’t have to be a personal injury lawyer to know how to avoid them. Keep reading for advice on safe gift-giving from the Delray Beach personal injury attorneys at Zappitell Law Firm, LLC.
Sometimes Kids Need Personal Injury Lawyers Too
It’s unthinkable that children can be targeted for scams, injuries, and cybercrime. Yet, each year Delray Beach personal injury attorneys are called on to assist cases of unsafe toys and defective merchandise causing undue injury to children. Victims of toy-related accidents may be eligible to receive compensation in court. However, the best way to prevent injury to your child is to practice due diligence in toy-shopping, whether online or in-person and educate family and friends to do the same.
Watch Out For Counterfeit Toys
A trendy toy can fetch a high price when little ones place widespread demand for it. Unfortunately, scammers follow the trends too and may reach for a piece of that pie by selling a counterfeit version. Swindling customers is easy online, where the seller or product is unverified; know your risks and vet every website from which you purchase toys. If a deal is too good to be true, it is probably counterfeit. What’s so dangerous about a counterfeit toy? Though they might resemble the real thing, an unverified or fake version of a toy often has cheap construction, recalled parts, or untested materials. By cutting corners on their production, these fake toy sellers are putting your child’s safety at risk. It’s not worth the savings to buy unverified!
Only Buy Safe, Age-appropriate Gifts
Just because a toy is from a verified seller doesn’t mean it’s safe for your child. Be cautious of purchasing toys from flea markets or secondhand stores which might not remove recalled toys from their offerings. A new toy that is unsuitable for your child’s age and supervisory needs is an unsafe toy regardless of where you bought it. Always observe the recommended age label for any toy you buy or receive for your child and hold onto it if your child is not yet old enough. Toys for elder siblings should be kept out of reach of younger children, who risk swallowing and choking on small parts. Before handing over a new toy, inspect it thoroughly and make sure all the parts are in solid working order. Keep the toy chest up-to-date by tossing any toys that have broken or potentially hazardous components.
Keep your holidays safe this year as you and your family practice safe shopping. If any issues arise from a hazardous toy, reach out to the personal injury lawyers at Zappitell Law Firm, LLC. We can offer you the best representation of any Delray Beach personal injury attorney, ensuring your family gets the compensation you deserve.