Earlier this month, I saw a news report about a 2 year old toddler who was injured in an accident when a 40-inch television fell on him in Philadelphia. The boy's father found the toddler underneath the TV after coming out of a bathroom. The toddler was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition.
After watching this news report, I immediately inspected the televisions in my house to make sure they were secured and attached to the walls.
In December 2012, a study found that nearly 13,000 children are injured by falling television sets a year, and most of the children injured are under the age of 5. *Source: Safe Kids Worldwide
Televisions are not the only things in the house that can tip over and hurt a child. Furniture such as dressers, bookshelves or chests of drawers can also tip over. Accidents commonly happen when children climb on pieces of furniture which tip over and entrap them. Children often suffer serious injuries, such as brain injuries and even death.
Children who are injured in accidents where pieces of furniture tip over may be entitled to compensation. Some pieces of furniture have defective designs that allow them to tip over easily and are especially dangerous to children. Other pieces of furniture are defectively manufactured so that they tip over easily.
In these types of situations, the injured child may be able to recover damages and compensation in what we call a product liability case.
A product liability claim holds those who have a hand in producing and/or distributing a dangerous or defective product financially responsible for their negligence. This can include:
One party may be liable, or all parties may be liable. For example, a product, such as a dresser, is not defective in its design, but may have been manufactured defectively. Therefore, the manufacturer may be held liable for the victim's injuries. Liable parties can only be determined after a careful investigation by experienced product liability lawyers.
The home is often our children's playground. As parents, we want to make sure that they can play and thrive in a safe environment. Take a few moments to inspect all of your furniture and make sure that they are secured properly.
If you have questions about an accident involving furniture tip overs or other products, feel free to contact the lawyers at White and Williams LLP who offer a free, initial consultation. 877.944.8396
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