Flat screen TVs are common household items that can sometimes be involved in different home accidents and injuries. Due to their shape and size, flat screen televisions are often mounted on walls or placed on top of shelves or cabinets. Although they are smaller in dimensions than older TV models, they can still be relatively heavy.
Some common flat screen TV accidents include:
- Accidents where the TV falls off a wall or off of a mounting device and injures someone;
- Accidents involving electrocution or electrical fires (these can lead to both injuries as well as property damage);
- Injuries resulting from a flat screen TV tip-over (for instance, if the TV is standing on a dresser or other surface without being secured); and
- Various other types of injuries.
In some cases, these injuries can be serious, especially if the person suffers an injury to the head, neck, or other areas of the body.
Who can be Held Liable for Injuries Resulting from Flat Screen TVs?
Depending on the circumstances, various parties can be held liable for these types of injuries. In some cases, the manufacturer of the TV model can be held liable if there is a defect that makes the television dangerous for people to use. An example of this is where the TV is produced with a wiring defect that makes it liable to an electrical fire. Here, the manufacturer might be held liable under a product defect theory of law.
Similarly, a company that produces defective mounting hardware might be held liable for injuries, if the mounting device fails due to a defect. Also, persons who are responsible for installing flat screen TVs may be held liable if they negligently install the unit. A common example of this is where a TV is installed incorrectly in a restaurant or other similar establish and injures a patron.
What are the Legal Remedies for Flat Screen Injury Cases?
Injuries from flat screen TVs or other similar products can be serious, and may require legal filings to resolve any issues. These types of cases often involve a monetary damages award as the legal remedy for the injured party. The damages can cover losses like hospital bills, lost wages from missing work, pain and suffering, and other damages. In cases where a particular TV model poses a risk of injury to consumers, a flat screen TV recall may be issued.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Flat Screen TV Lawsuit?
Injury claims such as those involving flat screens can be complex. You may want to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with advice for your case, and can guide you during court meetings.