Furniture Tip-over Lawsuit
Accidents happen. But when they happen in the home, it can leave you wondering who is at fault. We buy heavy, sturdy furniture designed to last a long time. However, sometimes the heavy furniture is dangerous in a way that we don’t realize. When furniture tips over, it can cause serious injuries or even death. People harmed by falling furniture may qualify for compensation with a furniture tip-over lawsuit.
Furniture Tip-Over Facts
Furniture tip-over injuries are fairly common. Thousands of people are injured by furniture tipping over on top of them. Hundreds of incidents are fatal. 4 out of 5 incidents involve children, and children are more likely to die as a result of furniture tip-over.
Here is the information you should know about furniture tip-over injury claims:
Since 2000, over 500 children have been killed by furniture falling on them. Many furniture tip-over injuries are preventable with a furniture anchor kit. However, many furniture manufacturers fail to provide the cheap, easy-to-install anchor kits.
Furniture Tip-Over Hazards
The probability of furniture tipping over depends on various factors. Some pieces of furniture might be more prone to tip-over based on their design. Furniture that is more prone to tip-over can include:
- entertainment centers
- flat-screen televisions
Officials Urge Safety
Federal safety officials are urging consumers to anchor more than just large furniture to the wall. They urge everyone to anchor televisions as well. If the product does not come with the proper anchoring kit, easy-install kits are available. But, the average person won’t know if their furniture is dangerous. Who is responsible for warning customers about tip-over hazards?
Who is Responsible?
Manufacturers are responsible for warning customers of tip-over dangers. Additionally, manufacturers should provide an anchor kit to prevent furniture tip-over. When furniture tips over and causes an injury, several entities can be held legally responsible. The responsible parties include but are not limited to:
- product designer
What is Product Liability?
Product liability is when a seller or manufacturer is held liable for defective and dangerous products. They are responsible for product defects and properly scanning to prevent defective products from hitting the shelves. Through product testing, a manufacturer can discover potential safety hazards and fix them before selling the product to customers.
When injuries occur from defective, faulty, or poorly designed products, a lawsuit may commence. The law mandates all products to meet ordinary expectations for the consumer. Additionally, the law allows people harmed by these products the ability to file a legal claim for compensation.
Failure To Warn Of Tip-Over Hazard
Many furniture and TV makers made no effort to warn consumers of tip-over dangers in the past. When tip-over is possible, manufacturers must make an effort to warn consumers. If a risk of tip-over is present, a manufacturer should provide a tip-over wall anchor kit.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits
When someone dies from the negligence of a product, a wrongful death suit may be in order. Wrongful death lawsuits are when a civil action is brought against a party that is responsible for causing the death.
Related Article: Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Do You Have A Furniture Tip-Over Injury?
If you or a loved one was injured by tip-over furniture, you may have a valid legal claim. Product liability claims aren’t easy, you’ll want an experienced product liability attorney to help you get the money you deserve.
When To Talk To An Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a furniture tip-over, you should talk to an injury lawyer for advice. A personal injury lawyer at Kane & Silverman can help you. Contact Kane & Silverman for a free personal injury consultation. You don’t pay us unless we recover money for you.