Maryland Accident Lawyers: Hidden Hazards in the HomeOctober 28, 2015
The danger of falling TVs, appliances and other furniture is one of the top hidden hazards in the home, especially for children under the age of 10. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), unstable and unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture send a child to the emergency room every 24 minutes. Although many reported incidents involve minor injuries, over half cause catastrophic skull fractures, intracranial bleeding and other neurological problems. Tragically, many of these injuries result in death. The CSPC estimates that, on average, one child is killed every two weeks in tip-over accidents that are easily preventable.
This summer, the CSPC launched the “Anchor it!” campaign to raise public awareness of the serious danger that unsecured TVs and furniture pose to children. The campaign was launched less than two months before IKEA admitted a design flaw in their Malm-style dressers made them prone to tipping over. Rather than recall the product, the company offered a free anchoring repair kit to the 27 million customers who purchased the Malm-style dresser. Sadly, the move came too late to save two toddlers that died on separate occasions after being crushed by Malm dressers in their homes last year.
Safety experts recommend consumers take the following steps to protect themselves and their families from being seriously injured by falling TVs and furniture in their home:
- Buy and install anchoring devices to prevent TVs, dressers, bookcases and other furniture from tipping.
- Avoid placing remote controls or toys in places where kids might be tempted to climb up to reach them.
- Keep heavier items on lower shelves or store them in lower drawers.
- Mount flat screen TVs to the wall or to furniture to prevent them from toppling over.
- If anchoring is not possible, TVs should be placed as far back as possible on a low, sturdy base that is designed to hold a television.
Maryland Product Liability Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Those Harmed by Dangerous Products
If your child has been injured by a falling TV or other furniture, contact the Maryland product liability lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Depending on the type of injury and other factors, you may be entitled to compensation to cover the cost of current and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to schedule your free consultation with one of our dedicated Baltimore product liability lawyers or contact us online. A qualified member of our legal team is available to answer your call 24 hours a day.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson. We represent individuals and families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood and Elkridge.