Juratoys recalled one of its children’s items, the Sophie la Giraffe Bead Maze, on February 6th, 2020. The maze contains a wooden triangle piece in its shapes that does not meet mandatory federal standards set aside for small parts in children’s toys. Young children can choke on the item. About 980 the toys were included in the recall.
The toys come with different wooden pieces, but the small triangle included does not meet standards. The toys have an orange triangle, a red heart, a green star, a giraffe figure, and an Eiffel Tower-shaped figure. The Eiffel Tower figure is 8 inches tall and is affixed to a small base that is nearly 7 inches in diameter. The shapes can fit into crevices carved out on the base.
The bottom of the base features the batch numbers. The recalled batch numbers include 9321/J09504/022019; 9474/J09504/042019; and 9549/J09504/052019. The toys were manufactured in China and imported into Pennsylvania. They were sold at various specialty toy and gift stores around the country from February 2019 to November 2019. They cost about $25 to purchase.
Although there have been no choking incidents reported, it is still recommended that consumers take the toys from children and check the batch numbers to see if the toys are included in the recall. If the toys are included, the company recommends destroying the triangle piece or throwing it away. Parents can then call Juratoys for a replacement piece.
Choking Hazard from Juratoys Products
Small objects present choking hazards to children. Many infants and babies will naturally pick up small items and put them in their mouths, and they can potentially swallow them. Very tiny items will eventually pass, but some items are too small to reasonably make it past the esophagus, and the baby will choke. If this happens, the baby can easily lose its life due to lack of oxygen.
There may also be throat damage and stomach issues if a child swallows a toy. A sharp end can cause a laceration in the throat and cause aspiration of blood, which can be very serious.
How to Sue Juratoys
Filing a product liability claim can be tough if you do not not have any legal experience. All product liability lawsuits are predicated on negligence and must be show to be true in one of three ways. These ways are as follows:
- There was a design flaw with the item
- There was a manufacturing error with the product
- There were no hazard signs or warning symbols on the item’s packaging or on the item itself
- Minors are injured and cannot sue, so the statute begins when they turn 18 years old
- Victims are incapacitated after the incident, and can wait until they return to health before the statute counts down
- Defendant has left the state, causing the statute to be temporarily suspended
- Medical expenses from the past and future if your child needed additional treatment
- Property damage to replace the cost of the toy or any other items
- Lost income if you were not able to return to work for a period of time
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional anxiety
The maze’s contents were not manufactured wrongly – they did not break or come apart, and the company made the toys specifically as instructed. The primary problem was with the size of the triangle, which can be attributed to poor design foresight. The company should have been aware that the triangle was too small and did not meet specific federal standards. Had the company paid better attention, the item would have been adjusted in size, and manufactured correctly.
You will need sufficient evidence to sue Juratoys. You can follow this procedure to acquire proof:
Secure medical records and proof of medical treatment from the doctor’s office after you took your child there for treatment. It is important that you do not hesitate to go to the doctor – the longer you wait, the more likely it is that the insurance agent will claim that your child did something else to get injured. Be sure to get copies of the medication, treatment plan, doctor’s notes, medical receipts, test results, and more.
Request eyewitness statements and testimonies. If there were other people nearby who saw your child ingest the triangle, their perspectives will benefit your claim. Additionally, if other parents noticed that their children were similarly injured, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit allows all the victims the opportunity to ad their proof together and present it to sue the company, which usually results in a large settlement – but the settlement must be distributed among everyone in the group, so the total amount is usually lower than a single claim.
You can take pictures of the maze and the contents to show the size of the items compared to other objects.
You will need to procure proof that you bought the maze, such as a receipt, bank statement, or other document.
It is important that you do nothing to interfere with the status of the maze or the objects. That is, do not throw the triangle away, replace the maze, or seek a refund. If you do, you will lose your most important piece of evidence. Without the actual triangle, you won’t be able to prove that the item was not up to the federal standards.
Finally, it is beneficial for you to seek out a lawyer with experience in product liability lawsuits. If you do not have previous legal experience or if you have never filed an insurance claim, you may not be able to succeed by yourself. You may also need to tend to your child and still hold a career, which leaves little time for a lawsuit. Our attorneys will do everything in our power to win you a fair settlement and take the burden off your shoulders.
Time Limit on Product Liability Lawsuits
The statute of limitations is the time in which you can file a lawsuit against a responsible party for compensation from injuries you suffered. In California, this statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is 2 years from the date of the injury. It is important that you act quickly – not doing so can cause your evidence to get lost or corrupted. The statute is in place so that both parties have enough time to gather proof and defend themselves.
There are some situations in which the statute of limitations can be extended. They are:
The primary reason that individuals generally do not receive worthwhile compensation is not due to the strength or weakness of their claims – it is instead due to the awareness of the statute of limitations. Many victims are unaware of the time limit and do not act quickly. Contact our attorneys to ensure that you will not potentially run out of time. We will gladly file your claim for you and get your documents to the insurance agency by the deadline.
Product Liability Lawsuit Compensation
The value of your product liability lawsuit will be determined by the insurance agent looking over your case. He will consider the different factors, like the level of your child’s injuries and if you were partially responsible for the incident, and will make an offer based on his findings. Our goal is to bring you the maximum settlement under the law through negotiations and discussions. We will strive to win you the following:
In some cases, infant choking incidents can result in fatalities. We will then pursue the maximum wrongful death damages for your claim, including funeral and burial fees, pre-death pain and suffering, and much more.
You should not have to pay off these expenses if the company was partially responsible for manufacturing a toy that did not meet Federal standards or regulations.
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For a free legal consultation, contact our law firm today. We will tell you what we think your case is worth, answer your questions, and help you understand the legal process. We will also give you more details on our zero fee guarantee. You won’t pay us any money throughout the claim – we won’t get paid unless and until we win, and the company will cover our legal fees as part of the settlement we win you. If we lose, we take no payment at all, and you can walk away debt-free to our law firm.
To sue Juratoys because your child choked on a defective item in a Sophia la Giraffe maze, get in touch with the Downtown LA Law Group.