You may have heard of the negative effects of letting your children watch too much TV. However, the programming is not the only thing you need to look out for. Heavy objects found in most houses, including your big-screen television set, might present a potentially life-threatening danger to young children in Illinois.
A recent post in our blog described the tragic death of a toddler, who was struck by a mirror that fell from the wall of a Payless shoe store. Heavy, unsecured appliances in homes across the country pose the same dangers to curious children. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company cautions that a child is seen in a hospital emergency room every 45 minutes after an injury resulting from a television set falling over on him or her. As you might imagine, any bulky or heavy object that your child could pull over or drag off a surface can cause a serious injury. In addition to television sets, potentially dangerous objects may include dressers, tall cabinets, large decorations and wall-mounted mirrors and picture frames.
You can address this problem by ensuring your television set and heavy furnishings are secured to the wall by brackets so they cannot by tipped over, and by keeping other objects out of the reach of your children. Also, you may want to check for similar hazards at places where your children often visit, such as daycare, preschool and friends’ houses.
You may be entitled to compensation if your child was injured by a negligent property owner, which can include accidents that occurred because dangerous items were not properly secured or kept out of the reach of children.