Children like to climb on furniture. It’s a fact that can lead to tragic results in which a child dies.
Each year in the U.S., nearly 22,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries suffered from a falling television, piece of furniture, or an appliance. And, on average, a child will die every two weeks in America from such furniture tip-over injuries as a result of climbing on unsecured furniture or appliances, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Nearly all of these furniture tip-over accidents could have been prevented if the piece of furniture or TV was secured with a simple and inexpensive wall anchor or strapping system.
Nonetheless, tip-over incidents are still occurring regularly despite government-funded public furniture tip-over education programs.
One reason: As Americans buy newer, larger, and lighter flat-screen televisions, many of the older and much heavier cathode ray tube models find their way into other rooms in the house, often precariously perched on stands and dressers not equipped to handle them, creating a tip-over hazard.
In one recent test, an older model CRT TV dropped from a height of just 36 inches hits with an average force of 12,703 pounds. It's easy to see how a TV tip over accident can lead to serious injury or death.
Furniture manufacturers may be liable if their products present furniture tip-over danger. For example, the Ikea furniture company agreed to pay a total of $50 million to the families of three children who died as a result of injuries sustained when the company’s dressers tipped over on them. The families had filed wrongful death lawsuits alleging, among other things, that Ikea had refused to re-design its products to make them more stable and tip-resistant.
Ross Feller Casey is a Philadelphia law firm nationally recognized for winning multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in all areas of personal injury law, including product liability and premise liability lawsuits. We have experience with cases involving serious tip-over injuries as well as furniture tip-over fatalities.
If your loved one was seriously injured in a furniture tip-over accident, you should contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers immediately for a free case evaluation. You may be able to file a claim and receive compensation for the injuries your loved one suffered.
Furniture and tv tip-over accident cases can get complicated, so you need the best attorneys and doctors to fight for your rights. At Ross Feller Casey we have the expertise and the resources to help you and your family. Our team includes Ivy League-educated doctors who are able to review medical records and assist our lawyers with your case.
Ross Feller Casey handles all of its cases, including those involving furniture tip-overs, on a contingency fee basis. That means you will not pay a thing until a financial recovery is made in your case.