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Appleton product liability attorneysConsumers have the right to expect that the products they purchase are reasonably safe, and that they will be warned of any potential dangers. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. As a result, victims can be injured or wrongfully killed. A prime example is the recent case against Ikea. Three children were killed when defective furniture tipped over on them. The products never provided any warning. If you or someone you love has faced a similar situation, know and understand your rights, including your right to pursue compensation in a product liability case.

Consumers Have a Right to Expect Products Free from Defect

Before it can be placed on the market for sale or distribution, products must meet certain safety requirements. Further, manufacturers are supposed to perform quality assurance to ensure their products are safe. When they fail to do so, and a victim is injured or wrongfully killed, the company can be held liable. Victims can work to hold them accountable through a product liability lawsuit. This is where Ikea failed. Their dressers, manufactured with a defect that allowed them to tip over, left them liable.

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Appleton product liability attorneys, furniture tip-oversParents go to great lengths to keep their children safe: they teach them not to talk to strangers, they require hand holding to cross the street, and they research the best and safest cribs, register for product recalls, and may even purchase organic baby food to avoid the risks of pesticides. Unfortunately, not all safety practices prevent injuries from occurring, especially when potential hazards go undisclosed or products are defective. Such is often the case with tall furniture that may not even carry a tip-over warning.

Falling Furniture Causes One Child Death Per Year

Tall furniture—chests of drawers, dressers, entertainment centers, bookshelves and more—are relatively safe in most circumstances. However, when it comes to children who may climb on furniture, the center of gravity is shifted, causing the piece of furniture to topple over. The weight of that furniture (paired with any items that may be stored in or on the item) can cause severe injury or even death. In fact, data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that, between 2000 and 2011, 349 consumers (84 percent of which were younger than age nine) suffered death because of falling furniture. Another 43, 000 (59 percent under age 18) were injured during that same time period.

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