Dangers of Button Batteries to Children

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Lithium “button” batteries have replaced the more familiar alkaline batteries in many electronic devices, from remote controls and key fobs to hearing aids, cameras, and even holiday ornaments. Unfortunately, they are also prevalent in children’s games and toys, posing a significant risk of serious injury. Safety organizations say the shiny objects catch the eye of many small children, who do what small children do with almost everything—put them in their mouths.

According to statistics, more than 3,000 children were taken to the emergency room last year after swallowing a button battery. Doctors confirm that ingesting the batteries can cause serious health issues, even death. The batteries can lodge in the throat, posing a risk of suffocation or choking. In addition, the batteries carry an electrical current that may react with the child’s saliva, resulting in serious internal burns. Some can also become lodged in a nasal passage or ear, causing risk of burns or other injuries.

Symptoms that Your Child May Have Swallowed a Button Battery

Because the batteries are so small, it may be difficult to observe that your child has swallowed the battery. Typical symptoms include:

If you suspect that your child has swallowed a button battery, immediately go to the nearest emergency room. Don’t give the child an emetic or any medication for constipation, and don’t give them anything to eat or drink. In fact, don’t try any medical procedures, such as the Heimlich maneuver. Leave all treatment to the professionals.

Contact the Law Offices of Fritz & Bianculli, LLC

At Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered nearly $200 million in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.

The Most Dangerous Toys on the Market

Dangerous Toys

With the vast number of toys on the market, it can be difficult, as a parent, to ensure that the products you buy for your children are safe. WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) is a non-profit organization that monitors toys and toy safety. WATCH has just released its annual list of the most dangerous toys being sold. Here are some to beware of:

  • Kids Time Baby Elephant Pillow—The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that pillows can obstruct an infant’s breathing, leading to suffocation, and has banned them from use by children under the age of one. This purple elephant pillow has no product warnings or age recommendations.
  • The Slime Ball Slinger—Essentially a slingshot that will launch a gooey mess more than 30 feet, this product has been tied to serious eye injuries. There are also air guns that shoot foam balls, which can have the same result, particularly since those are often marketed for close-up head-to-head combat.
  • Peppy Pups—According to industry standards, any string attached to a crib toy must not exceed 12 inches in length. The “leash” on this puppy is more than 30 inches long and poses a serious risk of strangulation.
  • Flying Heroes Superman Launcher—This toy launches a Superman action figure from a hand-held device. The product package warns not to aim at anyone’s face, but it’s easy for children not old enough to read to get hold of the toy.
  • The Warcraft Doomhammer—This is exactly what the product implies—a big plastic hammer. But it encourages use as a blunt object and provides no product warning about the potential for injury by beating someone over the head with it.

Contact the Law Offices of Fritz & Bianculli, LLC

At Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.

Today’s ‘Great Toy’ Can Lead to Tomorrow’s ER Visit

Just a few months ago, hoverboards were all the rage. Celebrities were seen on them every day and most teenagers had one on their Christmas list. The craze has died, and unfortunately, so have a number of users, mostly children, including a six-year-old boy. Hundreds of injuries have also been reported, and not just from falls, although one death in London came when a 15-year-old fell into the path of an oncoming bus. Many users –at least 22 as of January 2016—had also reported that the devices had a risk of spontaneously catching on fire, apparently from overheated batteries.

Just after Christmas, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a report indicating that, to its knowledge, there had been more than 70 emergency room visits related to hoverboards, including:

  • Falls
  • Smoke-inhalation when a hoverboard caught fire
  • Broken finger caused when a hoverboard ran over a bystander

 

In Philadelphia, local doctors said they saw a dramatic spike in hoverboard-related accidents in the days following Christmas. According to Dr. Michael Rivlin, a hand and arm specialist at Jefferson University Hospital, he’s never encountered as many injuries in such a short period of time in his entire medical career. He treated seven patients for broken bones in just over a day. The ages of the injured? All across the board, says Rivlin, who treated a patient as young as 10 and one as old as 50.

Rivlin says most fractures come when users try to brace a fall by putting out their arm. He cautioned, though, that the injuries could be much more severe, including neck or head injuries, and even paralysis or death. The hoverboards apparently do not negotiate changes in ground level very well. Safety experts have said that a slight rise in the pavement can stop a hoverboard in its tracks, possibly throwing the rider off balance.

Contact Fritz & Bianculli

At the law firm of Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered nearly $200 million in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.