In the age of online shopping, sometimes the legal implications are less clear when you have an issue with a product purchased via the internet. Recently, a Pennsylvania woman who was injured by a product she bought online may be changing the way that courts view defective products that were purchased online.
Be careful what you buy! A young child is recently in the center of a lawsuit involving a defective product in eastern PA. According to PennRecord.com, a young child's parents are alleging that their daughter was hurt after a scooter she was riding broke. This caused her to fall and hit her head and face on the ground. In looking at the scooter, it appeared that the assembly of the scooter was faulty near the point where the front wheel joins to the axle. The parents are suing several corporations, including KMart and Sears, for negligence in manufacturing and design. Fortunately, the child was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Summer presents a great opportunity to enjoy time outside with family and friends. Sometimes, these outside activities can also pose risks. This is especially true for activities where you are more exposed to the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). When you and your loved ones are outside, it is important to remember the following tips to avoid summer injury:
Defective products are unfortunately a common source of lawsuits in Pennsylvania and across the rest of the United States. This phenomenon is especially important to keep in mind as the holiday seasons approaches and you are purchasing gifts for friends, family, and other loved ones.
In continuing on prior blog posts, it is important to be aware of the unique dangers and hazards that the summer weather can bring. Some of them might be familiar to you, such as drowning, heat strokes, and bike accidents. However, did you expect to see fireworks, food poisoning, and playground injuries to be among the list of top summertime hazards? All of these accidents possess potentially painful, serious, and/or life-threatening injuries. If they are caused at the fault of another person, it may be time to seek legal counsel.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Sometimes, these accidents occur as a result of equipment that has malfunctioned. Once such incident occurred recently in Mechanicsburg, PA. A young girl was swimming in a pool earlier this summer when the pool lights turned on and malfunctioned, causing her to suffer electric shock. Her family, who was quick to come to her aid, alerted first responders who came and had to resuscitate the child. Other children who were swimming in the pool did not suffer as much of a shock, which police believe may be due to the fact that the injured girl may have been grounded by a metal ladder. At the time of the news article, the child was in critical care in an area hospital and we send out best wishes out to her.
- Read the labels and make sure the toy you've picked is actually appropriate for your child's age, cognitive level, and level of mobility.
- When gifting riding toys, always include helmets and padding with the gift.
- Don't give small children any gifts involving magnets!
- Research the toy online to find reviews, tips, and warnings from other consumers. Sometimes, word of mouth is the best way to find out whether a toy is safe or not.
- Unsure about whether a toy is safe or not? Skip purchasing it and choose something else that you don't have reservations about.
- Beware of low-cost products. In many cases, you get what you pay for
- Want to learn more about from last year's annual CSPC Toy Report? Click this link for the full document!