Journal of Pediatrics Confirms Dangers of Window Cords
January 30, 2018
Blind cord may appear to be harmless, but too many families have learned the hard way just how dangerous these common household items really are. After decades of injuries, the journal of Pediatrics has finally confirmed the very real hazards related to covering cords.
The journal’s research confirmed that nearly 17,000 children had been seen in emergency rooms for cord strangulation related injuries over the last 26 years. These dangerous window cords account for at least one death each month, and these tragedies could be easily avoided with proper education and cordless alternatives. Voluntary recommendations have not been informative enough, so many advocate groups are arguing that manufacturers should cease production of corded blinds and shades.
One family’s story highlights the very real threat of these cords. Around 15 years ago, one mother was in the kitchen for about three to five minutes preparing some chocolate milk when she discovered a horrific sight. Her three-year-old son was lifelessly hanging with the window cord tight around his neck. She immediately dialed 911 and freed her son, but he suffered from broken blood vessels around his mouth and eyes. He also sustained a red mark from the cord around his neck for almost a month.
CPSC recommends that any home where children reside or visit should be equipped with cordless or at the very least inaccessible window coverings. If your child was injured because of a window cord and the negligence of the person responsible for their care, then you may be able to seek compensation in court. With over 35 years of experience exclusively dealing with personal injury cases, the lawyers at Hoyt & Hoyt, P.C. can help you recover from the losses you’ve suffered as a result of your loved one’s injury. Contact our law firm at (973) 718-7744 for more details.
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