Families Compensated in Wake of Fatal Dresser Incidents

Lever & Ecker, PLLC November 27, 2023 Personal injury

A wrongful death lawsuit arising from the tragic death of a two-year-old child after a dresser tipped over and pinned her underneath recently settled for $7.25 million. The dresser was manufactured by South Shore Industries and sold by Walmart.

This is not the first case in where a tipped dresser caused the death of a child. In 2020, a $46 million settlement was reached in a California case involving a 2-year-old boy who was fatally injured when an IKEA dresser tipped over. While a recall had been issued for that particular dresser at the time of the incident in 2017, the child’s parents had not been notified.

In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that furniture tip-overs caused 234 fatalities from January 2000 through April 2022, 199 of which were children. In light of this, the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act was signed into law in December 2022, implementing a mandatory standard for dresser stability.

We at Lever & Ecker, PLLC extend our deepest sympathies to all of the families with children who have been harmed by tipped dressers. Furniture companies need to step forward and take accountability for their dangerous products, and going forward, do a better job of testing their products to make sure that they are safe for all ages, and to install safety devices to prevent future harm.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured by a tipped dresser?  The team at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after an accident, we are here for you. Please contact us at (914) 288-9191 or info@leverecker.com for more information.

Lever & Ecker, PLLC is a personal injury firm located in White Plains and the Bronx, NY. Our attorneys have represented clients in a wide variety of personal injury cases, including product liability, automobile accidents, slip/trip and fall accidents, construction accidents, and nursing home negligence, among various others.

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