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How much should I ask for compensation if my son was injured with a malfunctioning toy?

Monroe, WA |

My 3 year old son was playing with a toy fire extinguisher squirt gun. Pressure, or something built inside it causing the handle to explode in his face, leaving a scratch on his cheek. I have contacted the manufacturer and have been asked how much money I want for compensation. My son did not seek any medical attention. I am unsure of how much money to ask for.

Attorney Answers 5


  1. It's not an easy question to answer, but ultimately it should be enough to compensate for something that was painful, and that will take time to heal.

    Consider reaching out to a few personal injury attorneys in your area for more information, however, I suspect you will be able to handle this on your own.


  2. Fair compensation depends on the nature and extent of the injury. Sounds like this was (fortunately) very minor and I assume won't result in any permanent scarring, in which case it's not worth much. If I'm correct, the case is probably not worth more than a couple hundred dollars. I'd say ask for $500 and see what they offer.


  3. Unless you took him to a doctor and there is a scar, it would likely not be worth much, so it is your call.


  4. Without medical attention and only a small scratch, your damages are rather small. Perhaps ask for $500 and see what happens?

    You can help other people by reporting this problem to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

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  5. Considering your son did not seek any medical attention for any injuries , his claim, in theory, is not worth very much. I would suggest you contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation to discuss the facts, further explain your potential claim and determine the "value" of the claim.

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