Things E.R. Doctors Won’t Keep at Home

Things E.R. Doctors Won’t Keep at Home

Sometimes, avoiding dangerous items and situations can be straightforward: most people would agree that getting too close to a wood-chipper could prove harmful, as could buying a chainsaw to use as a toy. But as our Delray Beach personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Aronberg & Aronberg know, seemingly innocuous, common household items might very well be the source of serious danger. In this blog, we are going to discuss some of the things that Emergency Room doctors claim they just won’t keep in their houses, because they have seen the terrible results.


Large, outdoor trampolines can be appealing; they encourage outdoor, physical activity which, in today’s world dominated by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., is often welcomed by parents of sedentary children. However, trampolines can be incredibly dangerous. Normal, expected use of the trampolines can lead to serious injuries, such as broken femurs, twisted elbows, twisted necks, etc., which is one of the reasons why a medical director at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center stated that most emergency room physicians at that center won’t purchase trampolines for their children. As our personal injury lawyers understand, while the trampolines might seem harmless, the trampolines can be incredibly dangerous, even when they come equipped with the “protective” netting around the edges. According to the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, which published a report from the Indiana University School of Medicine, between the years of 2002 and 2011, nearly one million emergency room visits were made because of injuries resulting from trampoline use, costing emergency departments over $1 billion in service costs.

Button Batteries

Button batteries are common — they are used to power wristwatches, calculators, hearing aids, and other types of portable electronic devices. As a society, we use them so much that they often find a home in our kitchens. But unlike much else of what sits in our kitchen cabinets or drawers, as our personal injury lawyers know, button batteries can be deadly if ingested, and ingestion of the button batteries isn’t a far-fetched fear. According to the National Capital Poison Center (a nonprofit associated with George Washington University), every year in the U.S., more than 3,500 people swallow button batteries, which can become lodged in the esophagus. Once a battery is stuck in the esophagus it is highly likely to cause tissue damage. As the Poison Center’s website explains, an electrical current can form around the edge of the battery, producing an alkaline chemical which can cause a tissue burn. It’s thus best, as our personal injury lawyers know, to leave button batteries out of the home, especially if you have children around, as youngsters often think it harmless to place small, shiny objects in their mouths.

Cup of Noodles

These easy, sometimes tasty, soups which come in Styrofoam containers can be incredibly dangerous. Their danger, as you might imagine, results from the fact that they (their container and contents) get extremely hot when they are microwaved. In addition to their heat, the cups are designed poorly – tall and lightweight, they have an unstable base which makes them incredibly vulnerable to tipping. According to one E.R. doctor, these heated-up soups are the most typical cause of scalding burns affecting infants and toddlers.

As our personal injury lawyers know, you’d probably trust a mechanic if he advised you to stay away from a certain type of car, and you’d trust a chef if he told you not too cook with a certain type of knife. Because E.R. docs are privy to some of the most common and horrific accidents which can result from the normal use of everyday products, they have a unique, informed perspective on items which you should probably stay clear from.

If you have any questions about the dangers associated with these or any other products, or if you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another, please contact our Delray Beach personal injury lawyers at Aronberg & Aronberg by calling 561-266-9191 or by e-mailing us at Please get in touch to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to assisting you!

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