Articles Posted in Child Safety

As consumer and injury lawyers, we have been at the forefront of protecting consumers, including children and infants. Just before the Christmas holiday, a number of national retailers joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in removing a specific batch of Enfamil Newborn formula from shelves and distribution centers.

The reason? A newborn baby in Missouri died after consuming the formula from lot number ZP1K7G which was purchased by the baby’s parents at their local Wal-Mart in Lebanon, Missouri.

The infant contracted and died from what medical professionals have determined to be a rare bacterial infection. The manufacturer of the formula Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., is reported to have tested the formula prior to shipment, but no bacteria was found. Additional tests are being performed by the manufacturer which has not recalled the product.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission cautions the American public gearing up for July 4th celebrations and has issued a warning about sparklers, bottle rockets and small firecrackers. These small celebratory fireworks can be deceiving in that their size leads us to believe these are harmless. As California injury attorneys, we want you to know that they are not harmless.

In 2010, nearly 2,000 consumers visited emergency rooms due to injuries from these small fireworks in the 30-day period prior to the holiday. And over 8,500 were injured and visited hospital emergency rooms during that year due to both legal and illegal fireworks.

Overall, there were 6,300 reports of injuries from fireworks and the hands, face and head were most likely to be harmed. Many of these injuries involved small fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers. Even more worrisome is the fact that fireworks injury statistics show that often victims are under the age of 15 in 40 percent of the incidents.

As California injury lawyers, we want our readers to be aware of a potential injury hazard that comes along with spring and summer outdoor fun. A recent accident in New York shown on news outlets around the country has caught the attention of viewers and highlighted the potential dangers of large inflatable slides and houses, also known as “bounce houses.”

A Long Island spring party turned very dangerous when one of these houses pulled away from its moorings and became airborne. There were no children in the inflatable toy or two-story slide when this happened, but many were injured. One woman was seriously injured and 12 others sustained more mild injuries. Parents were stunned when the toy began to fly into the air, many of them previously unaware of the potential for danger.

The Associated Press reports that this is not the first time such an accident has happened with these bounce houses. They say about 10 have been “toppled by winds or collapsed under too much weight in the past two months, injuring more than 40 people” – this information was located on RideAccidents.com.