A home is supposed to be a safe haven, but far too many unintentional injuries occur under Americans’ own roofs each year — especially those involving people in aged 0 to 19 years. More than 225,000 children are hospitalized and 9,000 die annually from accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In total, nearly 9 million children visit the ER each year for injuries.
Adults need to take proper precaution to protect themselves and their children from accidents that can easily be prevented.
8 things ER doctors won’t have in their homes
Many seemingly innocent household items actually have a number of hidden dangers. Health.com interviewed ER doctors to find out what standard products they’ve banned from their own homes.
- Trampolines — they’re fun to have in a backyard — until someone gets hurt. Many serious accidents happen on trampolines, resulting in serious damage, such as neck injuries, broken femurs and upper-body fractures.
- Button batteries. Often found in portable LED lights and car remotes, toddlers often mistake button batteries for candy and eat them. When ingested, they can get stuck in the esophagus and the battery acid can cause permanent damage.
- Power washers and extension ladders. Frequently used for home maintenance, people fall off ladders all the time and sustain very serious injuries, such as collapsed lungs and head trauma. Even seemingly harmless power washers can be very dangerous, as their forceful water stream can cause major injuries and lacerations.
- Swimming pools. Highly coveted by many families, backyard swimming pools can be extremely dangerous, because it’s far too easy for kids to fall into the pool and accidentally drown. These accidents often happen very quickly and quietly, making them hard to prevent.
- Guns. For reasons ranging from personal protection to hunting, many people keep guns in their homes, but fail to properly secure them. Consequently, these weapons fall into the hands of far too many teenagers and young children, which can quickly turn deadly.
- Ramen noodle soups. Popular for lunch or a snack, Ramen noodle cups get incredibly hot in the microwave and can actually cause serious burns when not handled with caution — especially when in the reach of young children.
- Leftover pain pills. After finishing an antibiotic, many people hold on to unused medication, just in case they need it again. This practice may seem savvy, but it can actually be deadly if the pills accidentally get into the hands of a child.
- Certain high chairs. Many parents purchase high chairs that saddle up to the table, so their child can take part in family meals. While a sweet gesture, placing high chairs next to the table can be quite dangerous, as it allows these young kids to kick the table and knock their chair to the ground, which can result in a skull fracture.
Stand up for your rights
Sometimes accidents happen, but if you or your child sustained an injury from a common household item in your own home or someone else’s, you may be entitled to legal compensation. If the item was dangerous or defective in nature, you may have grounds for filing a product recall lawsuit. Litigation can help recover compensation for various damages including past and future medical costs, lost wages, emotional trauma, lost earning capacity, among other types of damages.
The national product liability attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are here to fight for your rights, every step of the way. Contact us at 1-800-469-7429 today to schedule a free case review to discuss your options.