Each year, approximately 25,000 children are injured by falling furniture or televisions, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some children escape with some scrapes and bruises, but many others suffer injuries much more severe.
A 7-year-old boy is trying to regain his normal level of functioning after a heavy television fell on him, injuring his brain. Although the accident was more than 3 months ago, the boy is struggling with his emotions, vocabulary and physical abilities. He cannot make it through an entire day at school - he is in the second grade - without suffering fatigue and crying for his parents.
It is a horrible situation for any child and supporting family to be in. The CDC has tried to spread the word about the fatal threat unsecured furniture and electronics pose to children, but most households do not have heavy objects properly anchored.
The CDC urges for households to heed the following guidelines:
- Anchor furniture to the wall or floor
- Anchor TVs or using only low, sturdy bases that are out of children's reach
- Keep TV and electronics cords out of the reach of children
- Keep attractive objects like toys and remotes off of furniture or TV stands.
My Child Was Injured. Who Is Liable?
If your child was injured by a falling object at daycare or in another person's household, it is possible that the host will be legally responsible for the accident in a premises liability claim. If the child was injured in your own home, then you likely have no legal claim unless you paid a third party to "baby proof" your home but they did so negligently, allowing the accident to occur.
Another possible source of liability, although rare, would be a claim against the furniture or electronics manufacturer. If you followed all product warnings but an inherent design defect or flaw still caused injury to your child, there may be potential for a product liability lawsuit. Speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about the specifics of your situation.