South Florida mom says hoverboard manufacturers responsible for injuries
JMH sees 10 recent patients with hoverboard-related injuries
HIALEAH, Fla. – Hoverboards were among the most popular gifts of the season, and the most painful, leading to a spate of injuries across the country.
Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital alone has seen 10 hoverboard-related patients with injuries from contusions to concussions to broken bones.
"When the battery died, it locked up and he flew," one mother, Denise Perez, said. "He snapped his arm in half and broke his wrist."
Matthew Perez, 10, suffered a gruesome compound fracture of his wrist on the hoverboard that was given to him by his grandparents for Christmas.
"They called 911 and they airlifted him to Joe DiMaggio (Children's Hospital) and immediately took him in to surgery," Denise Perez said.
Perez thinks in light of his injury and so many others, the manufacturers should be held accountable in court.
"I think they should take responsibility for the injuries that are going on with the hoverboards," she said. "They have knowledge that these products are dangerous. They know that there are issues of safety and they're selling them anyway."
Attorney Norm Kent said he expects a spate of hoverboard-related lawsuits.
"They sold it anyway because they put corporate greed over your personal safety -- that's what we're going to take to a jury," Kent said.
However, it may be next to impossible to track down manufacturers as many hoverboards are made overseas in places like China, and there's no identifying information on the box.
Some don't even have the name of a company, but Kent said even without a manufacturer, those injured may have recourse.
"If not the manufacturer liable, you can hold the distributor liable," Kent said.
But one person in all this maintains that it's not the companies who are to blame.
"I should be the one who should paying more attention to it," Matthew Perez said. "It's my fault."
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