Children Hurt or Killed by Household Products

On average, one child in the United States dies every month following injuries suffered from one common household item.

Most people don’t think twice about their window blinds.  But a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that they are a dangerous product for households with young children.  The study, published this month in Pediatrics, a healthcare journal, says that between 1990 through 2015, just under 17,000 children – about two per day – went to the hospital due to injuries they suffered from window blinds.

The children all were under six years old.  The study also revealed that one child each month suffered fatal injuries from window blinds during that period.

The overwhelming majority of children in the study were seriously injured by window blind cords.  The study notes that dangers of window blind cords have been known for more than seven decades.  In response, manufacturers have implemented voluntary safety standards.

Children Killed by Window Blind Cords

But clearly those standards aren’t working.  Children continue to be critically injured by these dangerous and defective products.  Two-thirds of all the children entangled with window blind cords in this study died.

Another in-home hazard to kids under six years old is lead. Exposure to lead, even in low levels, can adversely affect cognitive development in young children.  Lead poisoning in children can occur from exposure to lead-contaminated soil, dust or water.  But the most common lead contamination source is lead-based paint, even though it has been banned from U.S. households.

Lead Contamination in Young Children

Lead contamination in children is once again in the nation’s forefront with a recent federal appeals court ruling.  The court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its standard for dangerous lead levels in paint; standards that are 17 years old.  The EPA originally wanted six years to study the issue further.  The court ordered new standards to protect children in 90 days.

Unfortunately, when defective products are found to cause serious damage, it often takes a product liability lawsuit against the makers and sellers of the product to not only obtain just compensation for injured victims and surviving family members, but also to get the product pulled or safely redesigned so no one else gets hurt.

If you were seriously injured or had a loved one killed due to a defective product, contact a product liability lawyer to review your case.

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.

Authored by Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C., posted in Blog January 22, 2018