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.

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The Most Dangerous Toys on the Market

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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.

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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.

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Schools Required to Inspect for Asbestos

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Asbestos poisoning is a thing of the past, right? They’ve taken care of all of that, haven’t they? Not necessarily. Nearly half of all the public schools in America were built between 1950 and 1969, the peak years of the use of asbestos in construction. The EPA estimates that more than 130,000 primary and secondary schools still have some asbestos in them, putting millions of teachers and students at risk. In 2014, two California schools were closed indefinitely because of concerns about airborne asbestos levels.

Federal Law Requires Public and Non-Profit Schools to Inspect for Asbestos

Under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), there are a number of specific mandates for public and non-profit schools related to asbestos exposure:

  • All schools must conduct an initial inspection for asbestos and then must re-inspect every three years. The inspections must be conducted by licensed and trained professionals.
  • Schools must put together and update an asbestos management plan, which includes the date of the original inspection, plans for re-inspection, blueprints that identify where asbestos-containing substances can be found, and descriptions of any remedial or preventative measure implemented to reduce potential asbestos exposure. A copy of the plan must be kept at the school.
  • Schools must notify parents, teachers and any other employees of the availability of the schools asbestos management plan on an annual basis
  • Schools must identify and assign responsibility to a contact person, who will ensure that the asbestos management plan is followed
  • Schools must ensure that custodians and any others performing maintenance or construction anywhere on the school premises have asbestos awareness training

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Workplace Exposure to Hazardous Substances

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If you work at an industrial facility, a manufacturing plant or anywhere where toxic or hazardous substances are regularly used, you can be at risk of a wide array of health problems. Under the laws of Pennsylvania, as in other states, if you suffer an injury or illness because of your work, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to obtain benefits. However, with exposure to hazardous substances on the job, you may also be able to seek damages in a civil action in court, if your injuries were caused in part or in whole by someone other than your employer or a co-worker.

There are a number of legal theories that can be used to pursue compensation for injuries caused by hazardous substances:

  • You may have been exposed to areas that were not properly ventilated or areas that were not sealed which contained hazardous or toxic substances
  • You may not have been provided adequate protective gear, including clothing, gloves, masks, and footwear. Employers have a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that you have the proper protective equipment.
  • You may have been exposed to products that contain benzene or other toxic substances

The Common Types of Injuries Caused by Exposure to Hazardous Substances

The type of injury can vary greatly, depending on the substance to which you are exposed. Skin rashes and burns are common, as are throat and lung injuries caused by inhaling hazardous substances. You can also experience nerve and neurological damage or cancer.

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At the law office 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.

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McDonald’s Slip and Fall Case Settles

A Pennsylvania man who was injured in a slip and fall at a McDonald’s in Ardmore has apparently settled his lawsuit against owners of the franchise. According to court records, plaintiff Richard Solomon has agreed to accept $48,500 to drop his claim against Tanway Enterprises, L.P., the owner of the franchise. Solomon alleged that he was a customer in the Ardmore restaurant on July 30, 2013, when he slipped and fell, allegedly on a liquid substance on the floor in the main part of the store. His attorneys say the defendants were negligent in remedying the dangerous situation, and that Solomon’s fall was a direct result of the slippery floor.

Court officials say that it appeared that the matter had been settled in March, but that the defendant had refused to send a settlement agreement or make any payments on the agreed-upon settlement until Solomon provided them with a no-pay or final demand letter from Medicare. Solomon’s attorney, Alexander Kroupa, informed defendants by e-mail that Solomon was not eligible for Medicare, but defendants still refused to honor the terms of the settlement, even after Kroupa sent them Solomon’s insurance card, which indicated that he did not qualify for Medicare at the time of the settlement.

Initially, Kroupa filed a motion with the court, asking it to compel McDonald’s to comply with the terms of the settlement agreement. He sought interest and daily penalties for the defendant’s failure to comply. However, on August 15, Kroupa withdrew the motion and the court then entered an order to settle.

Contact Fritz & Bianculli

At the law office 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.