Flat screen TVs can be found in a large percentage of American homes, however most of us don’t think of them as being dangerous to our children. A recent study published by the Journal Pediatrics shows that flat screen TVs pose a much higher injury risk to children than previously thought.
On average 17,000 children are hospitalized from TV related injuries each year, based on data compiled between 19901 and 2011.
The study determined the rate of injury associated with a falling TV almost doubled during the study period. This can most likely be attributed to the rise in flat screen TV popularity, because flat screens are typically easier to topple than older, heavier models.
In a majority of these injuries the TVs were placed improperly on flimsy furniture, or were not anchored to the wall properly. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of the dangers these heavy items pose until it is too late.
More than 50% of all annual TV related injuries are caused by a falling TV, while about 38% are caused by someone striking the TV and receiving soft tissue damage. The most common injuries sustained are typically head and neck trauma. Children under 5 are the most at risk for severe injuries.
Protect Your Household
If you plan on mounting your flat screen to the wall, make sure you purchase a quality TV mounting system. These systems are typically easy to install yourself, and can be purchased for a budget-friendly price. Make sure that when you are installing the equipment that you read the directions and follow them carefully. If you mistakenly use a flimsy wall or do not install the system properly the TV can fall, causing serious injury to anyone in the vicinity.
When placing a TV in your home, make sure that the furniture supporting it is sturdy and not easy to topple. Every parent knows that children love to climb, so before placing your TV take the time to think about its location and how easy it would be to pull over. There are also kits you can purchase that screw or strap onto your furniture which helps make them more secure and unlikely to topple.
If you follow these simple steps you will greatly reduce the risk of injury to your child from a falling TV.
The attorneys at Fellows Hymowitz Rice P.C. have a record of success in handling a wide range of cases including serious injury claims. We bring the same individual commitment and dedication to each case, big or small. If you have been injured or sustained loss in any type of accident as a result of someone else’s fault call us for a free confidential consultation at 845-639-9300.
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