The Dangers of Toy Guns
There are countless types of toys: robots, things that spin and blink, educational toys, stuffed animals, dolls, and even construction sets for building your own toys. One of the most common children’s toys in the United States is the toy gun. Toy guns have been around for a long time, changing over time to reflect changes in weapon design. Many of these only make noise and sometimes blink, but some can shoot darts or pellets. This type of toy gun can be especially dangerous.
Many groups, including parents, have problems with toy guns. Some people believe that toy guns encourage violence, and some studies have concluded that toy guns are related to increased violent behavior with children. While broadly these claims remain controversial, toy guns are still ubiquitous and most kids will encounter one at some point.
Toys that fire bullets are also quite common. Some of us at one point owned shotguns and might even keep one. Pellet guns are weapons and have the potential to astroshot seriously injure or in rare cases even kill children and adults. Unlike toys that shoot foam darts, pellet guns can often kill small animals easily and should never be aimed at people. Only young people who are responsible enough to handle a weapon should be able to use one.
Most toys that throw foam darts do not cause injury. Very often toy manufacturers explicitly say not to shoot darts at others, although in practice this does not discourage children from shooting each other. Some toys fire hard plastic darts, which pose a greater risk of injury if fired fast enough. And of course any dart, if it hits a child’s eye, can cause damage. Smaller pieces can also present a choking hazard to young children.
Water guns are a similar case. Although low-pressure water jets cannot cause injury, a high-pressure water jet may cause eye or ear damage if it hits directly. Any gun filled with chlorinated water could, like all chlorinated water, cause painful irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes. As with all other bullet toys, water guns should only be given to older children who are responsible enough to use them safely.
Defects in design and manufacturing, lack of proper supervision, and reckless behavior can cause injuries with toy guns. If you or a loved one were injured by a toy gun, you may be entitled to damages. Friedman & Bonebrake, PC’s experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys can help you. For more information, contact them today to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney