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Falling televisions sets could severely injure children

As technology has evolved, flat-screened televisions have become the norm. When most people in the province of Ontario purchase a new TV, their focus is likely on the size, picture, and getting it set up as quickly as possible. While setting it up, few likely consider how the TV's location could pose a risk to children.

Children, particularly toddlers between the ages of one and three, could be seriously injured if a TV falls on them. A recent study, which was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, determined that an alarming number of children have been harmed in incidents of this nature. Specifically, tens of thousands of children were hurt when a TV falls on them.

The severity of the injuries suffered in these situations vary, but could include facial paralysis, hearing loss and neurological deficits leading to severe disability. In the worst cases it is possible that a child could be so severely hurt that they die.

The problem is that the large televisions are top-heavy. This is compounded by the fact that, in many cases, they are placed upon furniture not designed for such electronics, on unstable bases, and are not secured to the wall. According to the Toronto researchers involved in the study, in a high percentage of the time--approximately 85 percent--the children were hurt in at home. Much of the time no caregiver or parent was around to witness the incident.

Depending on when and where a child in just by a toppling TV, it is possible that legal action could be taken against the homeowner. A lawyer can help determine if this approach makes sense.

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