Common Car Products Can Be Fatal to Children When Ingested

Poisoning accidents lead to serious physical injury that may result in temporary and/or permanent disabilities. In the worst of cases, these accidents lead to a tragic death. Poisoning occurs when a company improperly mishandles a product or – in the case of child antifreeze and windshield washer fluid poisoning – if dangerous chemicals are improperly marked and then consumed by children. This may also occur if the poisonous substances are not properly managed or stored by a business or property owner.

If your child, or the child of a loved one, has been the victim of an antifreeze and windshield washer fluid poisoning – or any other type of child poisoning – seek the legal assistance of a qualified attorney. The seasoned lawyers at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan today have experience representing victims in personal injury, products liability and other related cases for more than 35 years.

Child Poisoning Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of child poisoning depend on the amount of the toxin, the type of exposure, as well as the age and overall health of the victim. In some cases, the symptoms of poisoning are not immediately noticeable.

Mild child poisoning symptoms may include the following:

  • Unquenchable thirst;
  • Dizziness;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Fatigue;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Nausea or upset stomach;
  • Soreness or stiffness of the joints or muscles;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Behavioral changes; and

Moderate child poisoning symptoms may include:

  • Drooling;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Fever;
  • Loss of muscle control;
  • Persistent cough;
  • Paleness, flushed or yellowish skin;
  • Sweating and/or trembling;
  • Confusion and disorientation; and
  • Severe nausea or diarrhea.

Severe child poisoning symptoms may include:

  • Convulsions;
  • Inability to breath;
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest;
  • Seizures that do not respond to treatment;
  • Loss of consciousness;
  • High fever;
  • Rapid heart rate with low blood pressure;
  • Extreme thirst; and
  • Respiratory distress.

Types of Child Poisoning Cases

A child antifreeze or windshield washer fluid poisoning case may fall under the category of personal injury or products liability.

In a personal injury case, the victim must prove that negligence occurred. This means that the defendant failed to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercises in the same circumstances. The victim – known as the plaintiff – must show that the defendant 1) owed a legal duty of care, 2) this legal duty was breached, and 3) the breach caused the injury, which resulted in damages.

In a products liability case negligence need not be proven. Instead, the law imposes strict liability. This means that liability is found if the person pursuing the lawsuit can prove that the injury occurred and the defendant was responsible. Sometimes a products liability case is pursued on the theory of failure to properly warn or a failure to properly package or bottle the product.

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If your child has been injured as a result of antifreeze or windshield washer fluid poisoning, call the lawyers at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan today. Generally, child poisoning are injuries are serious; often times the symptoms go undetected. Our firm has a solid track record of helping the families of child victims for decades, in all types of cases. Whether the injury or death is a result of negligence, product liability, premises liability or any other related issues, these skilled lawyers are here to help. Don’t try to navigate during this difficult time alone. Contact us today for an initial case evaluation.

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Boston Child Antifreeze Poisoning lawyers assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County, Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Westport, Dartmouth, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Hyannis, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.