Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of accidents involving children and furniture tipping over. These tipover accidents have become fairly common, and in recent years, have involved large pieces of household furniture, like televisions and other appliances.
The result of a tipover accident is especially severe if it involves a flat screen television or plasma screen. These televisions have become extremely popular over the past few years, and it’s fairly common to find households with more than one such television. The problem is when these televisions are not mounted properly, or not secured properly to the wall or to the unit. In such cases, the child can easily pull the television on himself, or the TV can fall on top of the child, causing serious injuries.
According to some estimates by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, furniture tipover accidents killed 206 children between 2000 and 2011. Between 2009 and 2011, as many as 12,700 children above the age of 10 were seriously injured in television tipover accidents, and the injuries were serious enough to require emergency treatment.
It’s not as if older tube televisions are very safe. Both types of televisions can cause serious injuries when they are involved in an accident. In both these types of accidents, a child is very likely to suffer serious injuries that can be debilitating, or even fatal.
It’s not difficult to prevent these accidents. Personal injury lawyers find that one of the most common causes of these accidents is that the television is placed in the corner of the unit, table or desk. A child can easily pull the television on top of himself or herself.
Keep all toys, accessories and remote controls away from the television avoid keeping these on top of the television. These objects can attract a little child, who may try to climb on top of the television to reach for the toy or remote. Flat screen televisions that are wall-mounted must be secured properly to the wall.
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