August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Every 30 minutes in the United States, a child is treated in the emergency room for injuries caused by a hazard that many people may never even consider: falling televisions. According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, a medical journal, nearly 400,000 children have been treated in U.S. emergency rooms for TV-related injuries since 1990. A majority of those injuries occurred when a falling TV set struck and injured a child.
Falling TVs a growing problem
Between 1990 and 2011, the study found, the frequency of TV-related injuries to children
remained relatively stable. Of those injuries, however, the number caused directly by falling televisions has been rising over the past several years, indicating a growing problem.
According to the study's lead author, Dr. Gary Smith, the problem of falling-TV injuries in young children is "increasing at an alarming rate," the Associated Press Reported. Dr. Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, is a pediatric emergency specialist.
Among children treated in emergency rooms for television-related injuries, researchers found that nearly two-thirds were age four and under. The most common injuries caused by falling televisions include neck injuries as well as concussions and other head injuries. In some cases, falling television injuries can be fatal -- but they are nearly always preventable.
Simple measures keep TVs in place
Although it may seem surprising, researchers say the recent spike in childhood TV injuries may be a result of the growing popularity of modern, flat-screen televisions. Unlike older cathode-ray tube models, newer television sets tend to be relatively lightweight and therefore unstable. As a result, a flat-screen TV may be more likely to topple onto a young child unless it is held in place by an anchor or anti-tip device.
Another possible factor contributing to the rise in injuries of this type may be that people frequently continue using their older, heavier TV sets even after purchasing a flat-screen model -- in many cases moving the old set to another location, which may not be designed for that purpose. If the old television placed in an unstable location, such as on top of a chest of drawers, it may increase the chances of it falling and harming a child.
Fortunately, protecting kids from injuries caused by falling televisions is relatively easy. One of the most important steps that adults can take to prevent TV-related injuries is to install an anchor or anti-tip device on any television set that young children may come into contact with, the study's authors say. Adults should also refrain from keeping keys, remote controls, toys or other objects on top of a television, since young children may try to climb the TV and cause it to topple.
If your child has been hurt, a lawyer can help
If your child has been injured by a falling object or other safety hazard at school, day care or other location, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your child's injuries and related medical costs, as well as other financial damage resulting from the incident. For more information, contact an experienced child injury lawyer in your area.
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