Falling Flat-Screen TVs — Children Exposed to Significant Risk?

In a recent study published in the Journal Clinical Pediatrics by researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, injuries involving children and “heavy or unstable furniture” has increased 41 percent since 1990.

According to the study, the “increase correlated with the popularity of ever-bigger flat-panel televisions that Americans have brought into their homes in that time, along with the entertainment centers and narrow, less-stable stands to hold them.” Additionally, the study found that “injuries from televisions alone accounted for nearly half of all injuries related to falling furniture during the study period – 47 percent.”

Despite this increased risk, there has been very little action by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “to set more rigorous standards for furniture that “poses a substantial risk of tipping” or that includes a glass surface or pane.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a tipped over flat-panel television, please contact our law-firm immediately for a free consultation.