Children are known for being quite curious about their surroundings. If they see a new or foreign object, they are likely to explore it through touching and tasting. This latter method of familiarization can be dangerous – deadly, even – if the object at hand is small enough to be swallowed and become lodged in a child’s throat.
It is a supervisor’s responsibility to protect the children under his or her care by putting dangerous items out of reach and adequately watching over youngsters. Babies should not be fed hazardous foods, nor should they be provided with age-inappropriate toys.
Every home has certain items that can be threatening to a young, vulnerable child. You may not even realize that these items are dangerous, but they can take a toddler or infant’s life in a matter of minutes. If you are supervising a young child or baby, then you should ensure that the following items are not on the floor, low-lying coffee tables, or any other easily accessible place:
- Pen caps
- Small batteries
- Legos or other toys with small parts
- Pills and medications
It only takes a matter of seconds for a child to find one of these items and begin choking on it. With the passing of a few more minutes, the child can suffer serious brain damage or even death.
If your child has suffered a serious choking injury as the result of another party’s negligent supervision, then you may have the right to claim compensation. Contact the New York City personal injury lawyers of Orlow, Orlow & Orlow, P.C.