By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Technology and lower production costs have lead to more purchases of flat screen televisions. Heavier televisions are being replaced by lighter thinner televisions. One would think that this would reduce the incidents of injuries from heavy television sets that have fallen on children in the past. However, there is a newer type of danger out there for children – flat screen television sets falling off of walls and injuring children. Many flat screen televisions are hung on walls by a wide variety of brackets. Some homeowners and renters choose to hang the televisions themselves. Others tend to hire professional installers from Best Buy, HH Gregg, Sears, and other retailers. Whoever installs the televisions needs to make sure that the brackets are properly attached to studs rather than just dry wall and that manufacturer instructions are followed. Thereafter, parents need to inspect the television set frequently to make sure that it is properly secure and that nobody moves or disturbs the television to make it unsteady, unsturdy, or at risk for falling.
You can read more about the problems and dangers of tipping / falling furniture like flat screen televisions and other furniture at Falling Flat Screen TVs -A Growing and Dangerous Threat to Children.