Research recently published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows more than forty children a day visit emergency rooms for injuries suffered from furniture tip-overs. And about once every two weeks, a child dies when a television, a piece of furniture, or an appliance falls over. The CPSC estimates that 2011 from to 2013, there were more than 38,000 injuries annually in the U.S. from falling furniture.
If your child is injured by falling furniture, a TV tipping over, or a similar household accident, you may or may not be able to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation to cover medical expenses. Everything depends on where the accident happened, precisely how, and the item that did the damage. If your child is injured, after obtaining medical treatment, speak at once with an experienced Los Angeles County personal injury lawyer who can determine if you have grounds to file a personal injury claim.
Most falling or tipping furniture accidents are preventable. When a child is left alone, he or she tends to climb and explore. When several children are alone, active playing, running and jumping, and shoving one another can cause some pieces of furniture to collapse or tip over. Most parents are already familiar with these safety measures, but if you aren’t, or even if you aren’t a parent but children are in your home, consider these recommendations:
- Strap all televisions to a stand that has solid stability.
- Mount flat-screen televisions on the wall and out of children’s reach.
- Strap all dressers and bookshelves to the wall regardless of their size or weight.
- Secure smaller pieces of furniture that can also harm children.
- Buy inexpensive drawer stops that prevent dresser drawers fully extending and tipping.
If your child is injured by falling or tipping furniture on someone else’s property or because the item of furniture was in some way defective, you may in fact have grounds to file a lawsuit and recover your child’s medical expenses. In southern California, make the call to an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at once. Nothing is more important than your children.