Child's death from tipping stove leads to lawsuit
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What’s the problem?
September 23, 2010 - 2-year-old Deondre Watson Jr. was killed in his family’s kitchen on July 11 when the stove tipped over on him. Safety experts say a simple bracket would have saved him. Last week, the boy's parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in St. Louis County Circuit Court seeking unspecified damages from the Oak Tree Apartments, where they live. They claim the landlord should have secured the appliance.
Also read: How to file a wrongful-death lawsuit
Stove Tip Accident Case Not Isolated
Watson’s case is just the latest in a well-known underlying story. To date, at least 34 people have been killed in similar accidents across the country since 1980, according to officials and news accounts. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission counted 107 incidents resulting in injury or death from 1980 through 2006. Those included 33 fatalities — nearly half involving children under age 2 — and 84 injuries.
Regardless of age, most injuries were burns from hot liquids spilled from pots or pans when the range tipped. Pressure put on an open over door, as from a climbing child, may result in enough leverage for a stove to pitch forward. Consumer experts estimate that as many as 45 million American homes have stoves without an anti-tip device.
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Do I have a Stove Tipping Injury Accident Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Products Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in stove tip-over injury accident lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.