Injury by falling television set is not the first risk most parents think of when they are child-proofing a home. However, the number of children injured or killed by a falling television set has reached nearly 200,000 in 20 years, and the number of children who suffer injuries each year is climbing, according to a study cited in a recent issue of Insurance Journal.
Children under the age of five years are most likely to suffer injuries in a falling-TV accident, according to researchers. Head and neck injuries, including concussions, are most common. These accidents typically occur when a heavy television is placed on top of a dresser or other piece of furniture. When young children try to use the furniture to pull themselves up or to climb, the television may fall and cause injuries.
In 2011, approximately 12,300 children in the U.S. needed emergency room care after being struck by a falling television. This number was more than double the amount who needed such care in 1990. Between 1990 and 2011, 215 children suffered fatal injuries in a falling-TV accident.
If your child has been injured by a falling TV or another defective product, don’t hesitate to contact a focused San Diego personal injury lawyers. During your free, confidential consultation, we’ll listen carefully as you describe your situation and help you better understand your legal options.