United States Chemical Laws Fail Children

Current chemical laws in the United States are neglecting to adequately protect our country’s children.  The regulation of potentially dangerous chemicals is governed by the the 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act.  This Act provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the ability to set testing requirements, place restrictions on chemical substances/mixtures, and place reporting requirements on business producing certain chemicals.  The Toxic Substance Control Act does not typically cover pesticides, food, and cosmetics.  Recent investigation has revealed an increased need to overhaul this outdated act.

The wide reaching application of chemicals throughout American life makes this an extremely urgent topic.  A recent policy paper by the American Academy of Pediatrics, states that laws put into place in 1976 are failing to provide the necessary research on the future impacts of chemicals in our lives.  The Environmental Health Council’s Dr. Jerome Paulson reports that the special vulnerabilities of children and pregnant women must be protected through additional oversight of hazardous substances.  It is important to remember that children often unknowingly place common items and toys in their mouths, exposing them to a greater risk of harm.

Despite the recurrent debate, chemicals continue to pose a significant risk to our children. Recent studies conducted by the non profit Ecology Center revealed that one in three toys tested in 2009 contained one or more of the following chemicals: arsenic, lead, mercury, or cadmium.  This dismal news highlights the reality that our children continue to be at risk of contact with extremely hazardous substances on a regular basis.

Missouri law provides protections for victims exposed to dangerous chemicals.  These protections start with prevention.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes a list of harmful toy hazard recalls.  This list informs consumers of dangerous toys that have been withdrawn from the market due to hazardous chemicals, risk of choking, strangulation hazard, etc.  Monitoring of hazardous toys greatly reduces the risk of unnecessary child injury.

If you or your child has been injured as the result of a defective toy, it is important to act fast.  It is crucial to prevent further exposure to hazardous substances in order to reduce the likelihood of child illness.  If your child has been exposed to harmful chemicals, you should immediately consult with medical professionals to protect your child from further injury.  If you or your child has suffered an injury as the result of defective toy or harmful chemical, you should consult with child injury lawyers to learn your rights.  Missouri child injury lawyer and products liability lawyer Chris Dixon is available to provide additional information necessary to protect your child’s injury claim.  If you would like additional information on child injuries, please contact Chris Dixon at 314.409.7060, or toll free at 855.402.7274.

Recent News

See What's Happening

  • St. Louis DUI Lawyers and Community Safety

    St. Louis DUI Lawyers and Community Safety

    According to MoDOT, St. Louis alone experienced 862 car accident fatalities in 2015. Alcohol and drugs played a role in this alarming statistic and...
  • Pre-Liability Waiver Lawyers in St. Louis

    Pre-Liability Waiver Lawyers in St. Louis

    In effect, a liability waiver or release is a document set in place to protect businesses or organizations from being sued in the event...
  • St. Louis Bicycle Accident Claims

    St. Louis Bicycle Accident Claims

    While there are fewer cyclists on the roads than cars and trucks, the injury and mortality rates are much higher than the average motorist....
  • Missouri Dog Bites On the Rise

    Missouri Dog Bites On the Rise

    Dog bites in the US? Nearly 4.5 million per year, according to CDC statistics. When you take these numbers into consideration, the scope of...
  • Dog Bite Claims and Homeowners Insurance

    Dog Bite Claims and Homeowners Insurance

    Unless you have experienced a dog bite you are unlikely to realize how serious dog bites can be. In fact they can be so...
  • Insurance Companies Accused of Fake Repairs

    Insurance Companies Accused of Fake Repairs

    Those suffering from an accident need their vehicle repaired so they can get back to work, attend medical appointments, and meet the other demands...

Meet Christopher R. Dixon

Legal & Injury Representation St. Louis Deserves.

Results — that's what clients expect from Dixon Injury Firm. Chris brings years of personal injury law experience to the table. Based in St. Louis, his firm provides free consultations and contingency service to the high-caliber injury and liability legal arena. Tell us about your case and we'll show you how to win.

Recent Successes

  • Policy Limits Settlement

    Missouri Truck Accident

    $30,000.00 Settlement

    Missouri Car Crash With Minor Property Damage

  • $40,000 Settlement

    Missouri Low Impact Automobile Accident

    $40,000 Settlement

    Missouri Dog Bite

  • $45,000 Settlement

    Missouri Dog Bite

    $50,000 Settlement

    Missouri Auto Accident

  • $50,000 Settlement

    Missouri Car Accident Crash

    $65,000 Settlement

    Missouri Pedestrian Accident

Get The Representation You Need Today!

Reach out to Chris Dixon for personal injury, workers compensation, product liability, and other legal services for experienced, reliable counsel and representation in St. Louis.

Contact Us Today

Schedule a


Submit Your
Case Details


Have Questions?

We are available to chat live with you 24 / 7 if you have questions about your potential case.

Chat Live
No Thanks