A recent story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution brings attention to the risk of injury to children when playing with high-powered magnet sets. The story points out that the incidence of child injuries from swallowing magnets fell during the period of years from when the Consumer Product Safety Commission order such sets recalled to when an appellate court overturned the ban. Since the ban was ended, there has been a huge increase in incidents involving children swallowing magnets. The story cites an article published in the Journal of Pediatrics which concludes an increased need exists for preventative or legislative efforts given the increase in child magnet injuries since they have returned to the market.
If a child in Georgia is injured when playing with a toy or any other item that "when sold by the manufacturer was not merchantable and reasonably suited to the use intended, and its condition when sold is the proximate cause of the injury sustained," the manufacturer may potentially be liable under products liability law. O.C.G.A. § 51-11-1(b)(1). There are time limitations to bring a products liability lawsuit in Georgia and additional considerations, but if a child is injured by a toy or other product that is dangerous or defective a personal injury lawyer should be consulted promptly.
If you are the parent or guardian of a minor who was injured as a result of a potentially defective product, please contact Gwinnett County based personal injury lawyer Richard Armond at (678) 661-9585 for a free consultation.
Attorney Richard Armond of The Armond Firm, LLC, handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia. He is licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Georgia and is based in Lawrenceville, one mile down the road from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Call him today for a free consultation at (678) 661-9585. The information above is for informational purposes only as of the date of publication and should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor does the reading of it form an attorney-client relationship. Always consult directly with an attorney for legal advice.