Many parents overlook the rates of children’s injuries and deaths in New York that are related to tip-over furniture. You may think that your TV or furniture is sturdy but realize that it could be a deadly weapon in your home. There is a lot of information to learn about these specific accidents and injuries.
How many children are injured by furniture?
In an average 10-year span, hundreds of children are killed by furniture and TVs that fall on top of them and cause severe head or bodily injuries.
In 2019, thousands of children were admitted to ERs for injuries related to falling furniture, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most of the deaths involved a TV and affected children under the age of six.
How to prevent injuries
Most furniture and TVs can be bolted to the ground or to a furniture set made of wood, metal or another material. However, two-thirds of Americans do not bother attaching their furniture to stronger, flatter surfaces, according to a Consumer Reports survey. If more families took this safety precaution, the number of tip-over accidents, injuries and deaths would be cut in half.
How lawsuits help
Accidents caused by falling furniture often lead to wrongful death or personal injury lawsuits. Products liability is the subfield of personal injury under which to file a claim.
Why does personal injury law matter?
Filing a personal injury lawsuit is often the only hope that a parent or guardian has to address a child’s injury or death related to a tip-over accident. Determining who is liable for the accident, whether it’s the parent or product manufacturer, is based on legal research.