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The holiday shopping season is here, which means many people are buying and maybe even receiving gifts already. Each year, thousands of children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room for toy-related injuries. Nearly a third of them are children younger than 5.

To avoid toy-related incidents, consider these tips when purchasing gifts for the children in your life.

  1. Read the age label before you make purchase to assure it is appropriate for the child. Most toys come with an age label to make shopping easier for the buyer.
  2. Avoid buying toys that young children can put in their mouths. When looking at a toy, avoid anything that is smaller than the mouth of the child to prevent choking.
  3. Stop purchasing toys that have points or sharp edges that a child could hurt themselves.
  4. Refrain from buying toys that small magnets and small batteries are required. Batteries and magnets can cause serious harm to a child if ingested, so it is important to make sure all battery covers are always securely closed.

When thinking about the safety of a child, it’s important for both parents and gift-givers to be conscientious of whether the toys they want to give are safe and age appropriate for children. 

We hope that these tips help you avoid preventable holiday injuries. But if your child is injured due to a dangerous or age-inappropriate toy, you may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, wrongful death and perhaps even reimbursed for the toy. If you have any questions, contact an experienced personal injury attorney from Hupy and Abraham today. Call 800-800-5678 for a free, no-obligations consultation, or you can start a live chat with us anytime at

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.