It is estimated that, every two weeks, a child dies in the United States when a piece of furniture, a television, or a common household appliance accidentally falls on top of them. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has found that there are more than 22,000 children under the age of eight treated for a “tip-over” related injury every year. Product manufacturers of goods for consumer consumption are supposed to meet minimum safety requirements so the consumer does not get hurt while using them. If you do get hurt because of a faulty product, the experienced product liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates can help guide you through the litigation process to make sure you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries.
Last month, and just six months after recalling more than 35 million dressers in North America that were linked to the deaths of seven young children, IKEA agreed to a $50 million settlement that will be split between the three families who took part in the product liability lawsuit. The CPSC has also reported 41 additional cases of Malm dressers tipping over, which has resulted in 17 injuries to children, all under the age of 10.
In four of the fatal accidents, the boys, all around two-years-old, were found under a Malm dresser that had not been anchored to the wall. The Malm line is still sold online today by IKEA, the largest seller of furniture in the world, but they now come with the anchor hardware and not just the instructions. The Malm line makes up around a quarter of the recalled dressers.
Have you or a loved one of yours been seriously injured or killed because of a defective product? If so, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. So please contact one of our expert Massachusetts products liability lawyers or our experienced wrongful death attorneys at our Boston, Massachusetts law firm by phone at 617-787-3700 or email us at [email protected]. Our dedicated and professional Boston attorneys have decades of experience in recovering millions of dollars for our injured Massachusetts based clients. Your needs are our top priority!