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Ikea has been producing dressers for many years. Millions of these dressers were sold around the world and many were completely unaware that they had any flaw. But unfortunately, as many people soon found out, these dressers presented a huge hazard to infants. The Malm line of dressers was the culprit, and Ikea quickly issued recalls on all dressers sold. If you own one of these dressers and have a small child wandering around your home, knowing your rights and what to do if you have been impacted is very important.
What was wrong with the Malm dressers sold by Ikea?
The dressers, specifically the Malm line, were sold to thousands of Americans over the course of many years and were advertised as safe. In 2016, these dressers were deemed unsafe and a recall was issued. The problem with them was that they created a dangerous tipping hazard for small children who climb onto the dresser. A lawsuit was filed against Ikea after young children were crushed by the dressers themselves. This lawsuit alleged that Ikea poorly designed these Malm dressers and they did not do enough once they realized there was an issue to alert the public.
Ikea did offer enhanced safety measures for these dressers and included anchors which customers could attach to the wall to keep the dresser upright. The Malm line of dressers has been linked to five fatalities, including 2-year-old Jozef Dudek who was killed in 2017 when the three drawer Malm dresser tipped over onto him. The parents received a $46 Million settlement from Ikea after it was discovered that they were never given any recall information concerning the dangerous Malm dresser. The family donated $1 Million of the settlement to consumer groups who advocate for the prevention of injuries or death from furniture tip overs.
Can I file a claim against Ikea if my child was injured?
If you or someone you know has a child who was injured by an Ikea dresser tip-over, you should pursue all remedies available to you. Ikea knew that these dressers were dangerous, and they did not do enough to warn the consumers. Because of their negligence, children are being hurt and even killed through no fault of their own. The claims would be rooted in product liability. The claim is essentially that the Malm dressers were inherently dangerous or defective. It is very important to prove that the injury was caused by the product itself. As long as you have documentation showing that the Malm dresser tipped over onto your child and they were injured as a result, you may be entitled to damages. You should always keep all of the medical documentation related to the injuries. This is proof that you will need down the line to prove that the Malm dresser caused the injuries to your child.
How long do product liability claims take to resolve?
As far as the statute of limitations goes, in Florida it is 4 years from the date of the injury. This means that you have 4 years to file the claim against Ikea for the dresser mishap. Once you file your lawsuit, the case could take anywhere from several months to several years to resolve. It just depends on how far the case goes and whether or not it makes it to an eventual trial. Trials can be pushed off numerous times and can be rescheduled depending on the courts calendar. It is important that you understand going into this that these types of cases do not typically resolve quickly.
Should you hire an attorney for your Malm dresser claim against Ikea?
If you or someone you know were injured as a result of an Ikea dresser incident, you should get an attorney involved as soon as you can. Product liability claims are very detailed, and they require the experience of a product liability attorney to properly see the case through to its conclusion. The attorneys at the Lopez Law Group are experienced in product liability matters and can advise you as to whether or not you have a valid claim. We can be reached at 727-933-0015. Our consultations are always free, and we can review your specific facts to see whether or not you would have a valid claim against Ikea.