Fort Myers Child Injury Lawyer Helping Families Whose Children Were Exposed to Toxic Chemicals
You may have inspected your child’s toys for every risk imaginable, but you would have no way of knowing that the toy contained toxic chemicals that can enter your child’s system. Unlike food and medicine labels, toy packages do not disclose a list of ingredients, nor are the products routinely tested for unsafe toxins. Manufacturers have a duty to produce safe products. Their obligation includes anticipating that children will bite, chew on and swallow items as part of their natural behavior. Therefore, a corporation may be liable for injuries caused by ingestion of a product that was not intended to be ingested, and an experienced Fort Myers child injury lawyer can help your family seek justice for your pain and suffering.
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. is a premier products liability law firm that focuses on issues concerning children’s health. Our Florida Board Certified civil trial attorney has more than 20 years of experience and is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are here to help if your child was wrongfully exposed to toxic chemicals or dangerous traces of toxins were found in your child’s body.
Effects of Chemicals on Children
People of any age may be affected by chemicals, but children’s growing bodies are particularly susceptible to even small levels of toxicity. First, because of their light body weight, children may suffer severe health repercussions upon exposure to relatively low doses of chemicals. Next, chronic toxic exposure at a time when their brains and organs are developing may result in substantial permanent physical, emotional and educational impairment. Severe risks to children caused by chemical exposure include:
- Learning disabilities
- Developmental delays
- Physical impairments
- Organ damage
- Behavioral problems
- Intellectual disabilities
Chemicals to Avoid
A law passed in the state of Washington required companies to report the chemicals they use in children’s products. As a result, the nation was notified about previously undisclosed chemicals present in children’s toys, clothing, furniture, playground equipment, electronics and learning facilitators. Chemicals to avoid include:
- A well-known toxin, lead may be present in a variety of products, including the paint on furniture, toys, candies, pottery and herbal medicines produced overseas.
- Cobalt is a blue dye used to color plastic building blocks, riding toys and baby bids. This dangerous chemical can injure kidneys, spleen and lungs of young children and may cause cancers, infertility and reproductive disorders.
- Metal pigments. Other metals that are used to produce pigments in children’s toys include antimony and molybdenum. These yellow, red and orange colored dyes appear in nearly 800 children’s products.
- Ethylene glycol. Plastic products, including bibs, water bottles, toys and dolls may contain industrial solvents responsible for developmental impairment and kidney problems.
- Bisphenol A. BPA is added to plastics and can interfere with children’s endocrine and nervous systems. The industrial product sometimes appears in sippy cups, water bottles and lining of food product packages.
- Phthalate. This chemical additive, often used in cosmetics, nail polish and hair spray, is linked to children’s shortened attention span and impaired social interactions.
Contact a Fort Myers Child Injury Lawyer to Recover for Damages Caused by Your Child’s Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals
Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. represents children exposed to toxic chemicals. For more information about your child’s rights to recovery, call our office at (888) 477-4839 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our Fort Myers child injury lawyer. We represent families in jurisdictions throughout Southwest Florida, including in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, all of Lee County and Collier County, as well as Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda.