Carr & Carr Personal Injury Attorneys Warns Of Unstable Furniture That Tips Over, Hurting Children

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Furniture tip-over accidents killed nearly 300 children between 2000 to 2010, according to personal injury lawyer Patrick E. Carr. These tragic deaths could have been prevented if household items had been engineered and manufactured to put safety first.

Children are in danger because unstable furniture tips over and injures them.

"Tip-over accidents have killed 293 children from 2000 to 2010 -- that's about one child every two weeks," said personal injury lawyer Patrick E. Carr. "Some of these tragedies could have been prevented if the designers, manufacturers, distributors and others involved had made a safer product."

"Children are being injured and killed by unstable furniture, televisions and appliances that are not designed for safety. Nearly three-quarters of these incidents happen in a residential setting -- in someone's home where children should be safe."

According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission's September 2011 report, approximately 43,400 emergency department-treated injuries and 293 reported fatalities occurred annually between 2000 and 2010. Eighty-four percent of the deaths involved children under the age of eight, while 54 percent of the injuries involved children under the age of 18.

The report divided the 293 fatalities into three categories:

1) 176 deaths involving a television falling - 36 percent were a TV only, while 24 percent were a TV plus furniture such as a chest, dresser, shelving or bookcases
2) 92 deaths involving only furniture falling - 31 percent
3) 25 deaths involving appliances - 9 percent.

"We recently helped a family who lost a child because bedroom furniture was not designed in a safe manner," Carr continued. "It's heartbreaking and avoidable. As a personal injury attorney for nearly 40 years, I have a hard time accepting that household products cannot be made safer."

"Because a designer chose not to test their product thoroughly, because a company selected a cheap overseas assembly plant, because an engineer did not seek out current safety guidelines, children are hurt and killed."

"A law suit is one way to send a strong message to designers and manufacturers that selling unsafe products must be stopped."

Carr & Carr is a personal injury law firm that helps people with problems involving defective and recalled products, car wrecks, wrongful deaths and insurance claim denials. The firm has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and Springdale in Northwest Arkansas.

Carr & Carr Attorneys
4416 South Harvard Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74135
1350 S. W. 89th, Oklahoma City, OK 73159
2002 South 48th Street, Suite D, Springdale, AR, 72762

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