Wrongful Death of Children Due to Furniture Tip-Overs
We find furniture in every room of the house from night stands to tall dressers and televisions. While they all serve a purpose, some pieces of furniture can actually be dangerous – especially to children. This is because when a piece of furniture tips-over, it can have the force of thousands of pounds and pose a serious hazard.
While children often climb on furniture, some pieces of furniture cannot support a child climbing on it or tugging it. As a result, they topple over – crushing kids beneath. Sadly, a child dies every two weeks and one is injured every 24 minutes in this nation from TVs and furniture tipping over, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data.
Since 2000, about half a million tip-over injuries have occurred and 430 fatalities, and over 80 percent of the victims were children, according to the CPSC. Sadly, tip-over deaths have increased from seven fatalities in 2000 to 49 in 2011. These numbers are shocking and devastating to say the least.
While televisions and TV stands make up about two-thirds of the deaths due to furniture tip-overs, dressers have been known to be very dangerous as well. In fact, Ikea recently has been in the news for recalling 27 million children’s dressers that can tip over and seriously injure or kill kids. In fact, two deaths were reported in 2014, and Ikea admits they know of three additional deaths since 1989 from dresser tip-overs.
While Ikea isn’t really recalling the Malm chests after the recent two deaths, they are supplying wall anchor kits to help secure the furniture to the wall. In light of this information, parents should be reminded of how important it is to secure furniture to the wall so that they don’t have to suffer a loss of a child.
However, most parents aren’t aware of these hazards and aren’t warned by the manufacturer about the potential for a dresser to tip-over. If you believe your child’s death could have been prevented if the manufacturer would have supplied an anchor kit or would have made the dresser stable, you may have a legal claim.
To find out if you have a valid wrongful death claim in Florida, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld for a free consultation with a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney at 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 today.