Maine Defective Toy Lawyer

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Parents buy toys for their children to entertain them as they learn and develop new skills. Unfortunately, dangerous toys cause injuries and fatalities to innocent young children at an alarming rate. Defective toys can result in long-term physical, emotional, and financial consequences for children and their families. Recalls and unreported defects have involved some of the best known toy makers, including Mattel, Fisher-Price, LEGO, Evenflo, and Playskool.

If your child was injured by an unsafe toy, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to learn about the options available to you. The defective toy lawyers of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott believe that the manufacturers should be held accountable when their dangerous or defective toys injure a child. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and pursue compensation against all responsible parties. Regardless of the circumstances, please take the time to discuss your case with us by calling (800) 639-7026 or contacting us online.

When it comes to defective and unsafe toys, several hazards appear over and over again. They include:

  • Choking on small pieces or parts that break off from a toy;
  • Burns or electric shocks from a faulty battery-operated toy;
  • Cuts, lacerations, or amputation of fingers/toes from strings, wires, etc.;
  • Strangulation from strings or ropes;
  • Blindness or eye injury from “shooting” or projectile toys;
  • Deafness or hearing loss from toys that exceed safe noise levels;
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals/metals from unsafe plastics, lead-based paints, etc.

A dangerous toy injury is considered a product liability case when the physical injury is caused by product defect.  Product liability lawsuits may be based on:

  • Design defects -- The design of the product makes it defective and dangerous, even if the product is manufactured properly.
  • Manufacturing defects -- The product was not manufactured to the design specifications, making the product defective and dangerous.
  • Failure to warn of possible hazards -- The product is not properly labeled to warn consumers about the potential danger and risk of injury resulting from its use.

Typically, injuries incurred from unsafe toys are not isolated incidents. When the number of injury reports grows, companies will investigate the reports and determine whether a product recall is necessary. A recall is a company’s way of acknowledging that there is a problem and attempting to remove the dangerous item from consumer homes. Often, parents are unaware that a toy they have purchased has been recalled. If you would like to check the list of every toy that has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission since 1975, visit the CPSC Web site.

Even after a recall, dangerous toys continue to be available from aftermarket sources such as eBay, Craigslist, and flea markets. If you believe your child was injured or killed because of an unsafe toy caused by a defective design or manufacturing flaw, contact the knowledgeable Maine defective toy lawyers at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott. You may be entitled to damages including payment for medical expenses, long-term rehabilitation or disability, and pain and suffering.

Since 1853, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott has been an integral part of Maine's legal community, building strong relationships and contributing to the local communities we serve. We fight to protect the rights of injured people and their families. We energetically work to achieve results for our clients. We are prepared to handle negligence claims on behalf of clients in the Lewiston-Auburn area as well as Portland, Biddeford, Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, Rockland, and other Maine communities. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. Please call us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online.