Furniture and Bed Injury Lawsuits with Madison Personal Injury Attorneys
Defective and Unsafe Home Furnishings Can Cause Severe Injuries
Unless it happens to you or someone you care about, the whole concept of being injured by furniture may seem laughable. After all, what can an inanimate object do to hurt anyone? Well, as it turns out, a lot.
According to statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 578,000 furniture-related injuries every year and 114 deaths. Beds cause so many injuries they are in their own category with just over 406,000 injuries and 274 deaths every year.
And you thought you were safe inside your home!
So How Does Furniture Cause Injury?
There are all kinds of ways defective or unsafe furniture can cause injury. Bunk beds collapse on children, bookshelves break and topple onto people sitting nearby, chair legs fail unexpectedly, TV wall mounts fail and cause TVs to come crashing down. Perhaps most tragic of all are the incidents of babies and toddlers dying due to unsafe infant beds.
Some of the most common types of furniture causing injuries include:
- Book cases
- Entertainment centers
Children often try to climb unstable furniture in order to reach something up high. Whether the furniture is on an uneven surface, has poor weight distribution, or has a faulty design, it can fall on the child. Furniture tip-over accidents can cause serious injury or death. For this reason, many pieces of furniture now come with straps to attach to the wall and help prevent such a devastating accident.
Other furniture-related injuries can include burns from defective lamps, hot light bulbs, and faulty wiring. Even patio furniture can be dangerous if you or a guest is cut by a sharp or rusty edge or falls when a rusted chair collapses.
There seems to be no end to the injuries which can be caused by furniture and beds. At the Madison office of Warshafsky Law, we represent clients who have been injured in all sorts of accidents involving furniture, both at home and in the workplace.
Madison Personal Injury Attorneys on Winning a Claim for Furniture Injury
If you’ve been injured by defective or unsafe furnishings, you deserve to be compensated for your medical expenses and any ongoing care you may require, as well as time lost from work. And no personal injury law firm in the Madison area will do more to build a winning case than Warshafsky Law.
Furniture Injury Suits Against Furniture Manufacturers
The majority of furniture injury claims are filed against furniture manufacturers. In order to win a case in court, you will need to prove liability. There are basically three ways you can establish a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer:
- Proving there was a defect in the furniture
- Proving the original design of the furniture was defective
- Proving the manufacturer or owner of the furniture failed to give proper warning of potential hazards with the furniture
Furniture Injury Suits against Employers and Homeowners
In addition to personal injury lawsuits against furniture manufacturers, there is often grounds to file a claim against the property or business owner where the furniture-related injury occurred.
In Wisconsin, the Safe Place Statute is usually the basis for a premises liability lawsuit. This law requires employers, business owners and building owners to provide a safe environment for employees and others who enter the premises.
For suits involving harm incurred while visiting another person’s home or property, it must be shown the owner knew, or should have known, the furniture/bed posed a risk of harm and that the property owner failed to fix the unsafe condition or provide warning to guests.
Regardless of where your injury occurred, our Madison personal injury lawyers will vigorously pursue those responsible to secure the maximum possible compensation.
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In addition to an experienced legal team with a long track record of Society Changing Judgments, Warshafsky Law has its own investigators who will look under every stone to build the strongest possible case for you.
Unlike the “sign and settle” personal injury law firms, we prepare every case from day one as if it will go to trial. Our reputation for securing record setting judgments and settlements for our clients is well known in Wisconsin legal circles, and the insurance companies we routinely face off against know their typical lowball settlement offers won’t fly with us.
What To Do If You’ve Had A Furniture-Related Injury
Whatever the injury, the first thing you should do is see a doctor and get your injury treated. Not only is this critical for your wellbeing, but having documentation of your injury from a doctor is also critical to any legal action you may take.
If anyone offers to pay your medical bills for your injury, thank them and let them know you will be in touch once you know the full extent of your expenses. Then, contact our Madison personal injury law firm to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.
Often, offers made to pick up an injured person’s medical costs are made with no intention of following through. When you meet with one of our attorneys, you’ll get an honest assessment of your situation, including whether or not you have grounds to pursue a lawsuit and what sort of compensation you may be entitled to.