Tip-Over injuries can be dangerous or even fatal. Large televisions, dressers, dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators and many other pieces of furniture far outweigh our children and can cause serious damage if they aren't properly secured. Attorney Tom Hall seeks compensation for kids injured in this manner.

Sadly, at least one child dies every two weeks due to a home tip-over accident. In October of 2014, an 8-month-old baby girl died after a TV fell on top of her.  These accidents often happen after families, daycare centers or others fail to properly secure large TVs, dresser drawers, bookshelves, and large kitchen appliances to the walls behind them.  Kitchen stoves and ovens are a particular danger because the stove door opens and can act as a fulcrum to tip the stove over

This lurking danger is often heightened once curious children try to pull themselves up while holding onto furniture – or when they try to climb up on top of it. 

You’ll Need Trustworthy Legal Help If Your Child is Harmed in This Manner

If your child has suffered a serious brain or bodily injury after a secured or unsecured TV, piece of furniture, or large kitchen stove or oven has tipped over, you should contact Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Tom Hall. He’s been board certified in personal injury trial law by The Texas Legal Board of Specialization. Mr. Hall has been representing children like yours for over 25 years.

You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100. Ask to schedule your FREE Consultation.

Mr. Hall can meet with you to discuss the precise circumstances involved with your child’s injury. Lawsuits of this type can be difficult and require an experienced attorney.  If your child was harmed because a daycare facility negligently failed to secure a TV or large piece of furniture to the wall behind it please contact us immediately.

In an effort to help prevent other children (or adults) from suffering tip-over injuries or deaths, our office would like to share the following additional information. We hope this factual data will motivate you to immediately secure all of your items most likely to fall over and either seriously hurt – or even take the life of -- a truly helpless child.

Useful Information About America’s Growing Number of Tip-Over Accidents/Deaths

According to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • Between 2000 and 2011, approximately 349 people were killed “by a falling television, appliance or piece of furniture – 84 percent of them were kids younger than  nine (9) years old;”
  •  Every hour, three children are injured by a tip-over accident (that’s close to 72 children per day);
  • About 43,000 consumers are significantly injured each year in tip-over accidents;
  •  The most deadly “tip-over” objects are falling televisions. They account for 62% of the fatalities. The CPSC believes one reason these injuries are starting to occur more frequently has to do with many families who are upgrading to flat-screen TVs. This is causing them to move their large, older cathode-ray tube (CRT) TVs into back bedrooms and other locations where they often place them on high-level dresser drawers or shelves where children try to climb up to reach them;
  • Roughly 26% of the reported tip-over accidents are caused by “furniture like dressers or tables.” Far too often, large TVs are placed on these pieces of furniture without properly securing them to the wall.

You can reach the Fort Worth Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 1-817-831-6100. Ask to schedule your FREE Consultation.

 

According to the CPSC, “small children are no match for a falling dresser, wall unit or 50- to 100-pound television.” Of course, ER (emergency room) doctors have the difficult task of trying to save young lives after children have been nearly crushed by these large objects.  In the words of Dr. Louis Profeta, an ER physician, “The most horrible part of being an emergency room physician [is] telling [a] parent a child has been killed. . . There’s nothing worse.”

Conclusion

While still serving as CPSC Chairman, Inez Tenenbaum said, “I urge parents to anchor their TVs, furniture and appliances [to] protect their children. . . It takes just a few minutes to do it and it can save lives.”

Be sure to keep other large objects like exercise equipment locked up in rooms that children are unable to enter alone.

Upon learning that some people still insist on not making these repairs out of fear of harming the walls of their homes or apartments (by anchoring TVs or furniture to them), a parent of a child who died in a tip-over accident said, “You can fix the hole in [a] wall, but you’ll never fix the hole in your heart.”

You can reach the Law Offices of Tom Hall by calling 817-831-6100. Ask to schedule your FREE Consultation.  Our office is located in Fort Worth, Texas.  

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