Philadelphia personal injury lawyers remind us that in homes all across the country, commonly used household items can be defective or pose a hazard that may cause injuries to children. Many of these defective products have safety risks and even parents are unaware of the potential harms. Throughout this hidden danger series, we will highlight some commonly used items that have been reported as dangerous and discuss the injuries they may cause. Unfortunately, thousands of children are injured each year due to defective products. Those injuries may include head and brain injuries, eye injuries, burns, strangulation risks and even death. We hope talking about these hidden dangers will begin to raise awareness about child safety and help to prevent injuries to children.
According to researchers, collapsible laundry hampers with embedded wire supports can pose a risk to children’s eyes. Over time, the cloth covering such hampers can fray exposing wires and potentially puncturing a child’s eyes. Injuries caused by the wire in hampers may result in serious eye injuries like cuts on the child’s eyeball and, in some cases, may require surgery. In at least two cases children have suffered serious injuries, one of which required two surgeries. The other child also required and developed a lazy eye but her vision returned to normal after wearing glasses and a patch for a year and a half.
Experts say parents should beware of these types of hampers and recommend that parents keep hampers with wires inside out of areas accessible to children. Additionally, they suggest immediately replacing hampers with frayed fabric or exposed wires. Industry experts and researchers say that warning labels and perhaps even some design changes may be necessary in order to prevent injuries to children.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling personal injury cases involving injuries to children as a result of dangerous and defectice products. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If your child has suffered an injury resulting from a defective product or any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More