Falling Televisions Injure Children: Television Design Considered
Child safety is one of the most researched and searched issue. Parents want to know how to protect their children from dangers in the household, on the streets, in the yard, in the air, and on their plates. Parents go out of their way to learn how to lock cabinets, block plugs, fully cook food, and buy the safety baby products available. On top of that, many parents subscribe to or real blogs and periodicals discussing child safety. Due to the size and vulnerability of children, objects that we take for granted every day can turn into deadly dangers for children in a blink of an eye.
A recent study has shined light on some of the more common, yet surprising, dangers for children in almost every household. For example, in 2011, almost 13,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for injuries related to falling TV sets. This number is more than double the number in 1990. Over the past 20 years, 215 children have actually died from falling televisions. Since January 2012, there have been six fatalities related to falling TV’s.
The reason for this increase seems apparent. Televisions were once large, square, heavy, and hard to tip. Now, televisions are flat, light, and are easy to pull down from a dresser or entertainment center. The change in television design has had a very unintended consequence–they are much easier to cause to fall from furniture and do not have a sturdy base. With this increase in television related injuries, hopefully the manufacturers will make an effort to make TV’s harder to pull from objects they are set upon.
If your child has been injured by a TV falling onto them, you may have a claim against the party that improperly secured the TV, put it in that location, or potentially, the party that manufactured and designed the television. To learn more, call the Texas Personal Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm to discuss your legal rights.