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Televisions are a child accident head injury risk

16th August 2013

The study, which was published by the Child Injury Prevention Alliance, reports that, in the United States, one child every forty-five minutes sustains injury in a television-related child accident, with head and neck injuries the most common. It means that even sitting in front of a television that is not securely wall-mounted can be a risk.

“These [accidents] are occurring primarily to younger children when [the TVs] start coming toward them; they don’t realize the danger,” said senior author of the study, Dr. Gary Smith, president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance.

The data looked at a twenty-one year period running from 1990 and found that over this time there were nearly 400,000 accident and emergency hospital admissions for television accidents involving children and teenagers, with the majority of those admissions for child accident head injuries.

“TVs need to be strapped or anchored to the wall. I think that’s our biggest problem right now. Many parents are unaware that TVs can be so life threatening if it topples over and falls on top of your child,” said Dr Smith.

Any child in the United Kingdom who sustains injury in an incident that has been caused by the negligence of another party, whether a school, nursery, friend, or family member, may be entitled to claim compensation to cover the costs of medical care and rehabilitation, as well as to recognise the extent of the distress caused.

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