Toddler Safety: Avoid Chemical Burns Due to Defective Products

Life before kids—and after—is a drastic comparison for most of us, and especially for those who have babies and toddlers in the house. Remember the days when you could open all your doors and drawers in one quick step, get into cabinets by merely pulling them open, keep kitchen knives in a wooden block on the counter, and leave electrical outlets uncovered throughout the entire house?

Once the little ones become mobile, most homes descend into babyproofed lockdown mode. You may find yourself hurdling baby gates, clasping doorknobs ensconced in unwieldy plastic knobs, and trying to wrestle open cabinets, windows, and appliances that are suddenly tightly closed with a variety of plastic mechanisms. Safety for your child will extend into every area of your life, from interacting with others to walking, driving, traveling, and more. Shopping for new items becomes a major consideration too as you will need to make sure whatever you purchase is child-safe. And while that may be promised by retailers and manufacturers, sometimes that is not always the case, with some product defects delivering catastrophic results.

Defective products not only offer the exact opposite of what we were seeking, often resulting in headaches and mess, but they can also be responsible for serious injuries—especially when chemical burns are involved. These types of injuries are hazardous for anyone to endure, but smaller children are at even greater risk for long-term consequences. To avoid such issues, make sure any product your child has exposure to is age appropriate and that any items requiring batteries are in good working order with new batteries tightly concealed in a separate compartment.

The key to avoiding such a burn is to make sure your child avoids chemicals overall—making certain they have no access to defective products which may be leaking, or caustic liquids that may also cause poisoning. In the case of such an injury, contact your doctor immediately, as well as consulting with a law firm experienced in defective products cases like Heintz & Becker.

Defective products can also cause burns from electrocution or fire, whether from electronics, household appliances, or more. Many other products can be choking hazards, as well as causing injury due to broken pieces, sharp metal edges, small magnetic parts that can fall off or be easily removed by small hands, and electronic, moving parts that may pinch or cause serious harm. It is always hoped that products and toys that are particularly dangerous to children will be recalled before anyone is harmed, but all too often that is not the case. You may find that a product you purchased does not function correctly—and presents hazard— due to design flaws, issues in manufacturing, or errors in assembly and more.

If you or your child have been injured because of a product defect, you may be due damages for medical care, pain and suffering, and property damage. Contact ­­­­Heintz & Becker now. Our experienced product liability lawyers will fight to recover compensation on your behalf. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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