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Products liability: 1-year-old child swallows 20 magnetic balls

Pennsylvania parents may want to heed the warning of parents in another state who came to experience the dangers posed to children by magnetic toys. After their ordeal of facing the possible death of their child who will turn two years old soon, this family plans to file a products liability lawsuit. They aim to get manufacturers and distributors to remove these toys from the market -- even though the products are marketed as adult desk toys.

The family reports that they supervised the child as he was playing with the magnetic balls which were gifted by friends. However, they never noticed the child putting the tiny balls into his mouth, and when the boy experienced severe pain, they rushed him to the hospital. They were shocked when X-rays revealed that the baby had swallowed 20 of the magnetic balls that were now in his stomach.

The doctor explained the potentially fatal hazard posed by these magnets, especially if a child swallows more than one. The power of the magnetism between several magnets in the intestines can have devastating consequences. Although 14 of the magnets were naturally passed by the child, he had to be anesthetized for the other six to be removed by the doctor. The parents were surprised that the risks posed by these toys did not receive more attention in the media, as well as the fact that these products are widely marketed and easily obtained online.

Pennsylvania parents of children who are adversely affected by dangerous toys are entitled to seek relief for their financial and emotional losses through the civil justice system. At the same time, they might even get authorities to remove hazardous products from the shelves. An experienced products liability attorney can provide the necessary guidance and support throughout ensuing legal procedures.

Source:, "Jupiter parents issue warning about magnetic toys", Alanna Quillen, Jan. 11, 2018

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