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Roberto and Olivia Perez of Las Vegas, have had their lives forever altered due to a bizarre accident involving their three year-old son while he was riding a bicycle. The neighbors had set a TV stand on the sidewalk a few days prior to the incident for trash pick up. The toddler bumped the stand with his bicycle knocking it over onto himself and pinning him beneath the T.V.

When the mother rushed to the boy she thought that he only had a bump on the head but upon further inspection he was having difficulty breathing. The weight of the cabinet was not reported only that it was a heavy piece of furniture and the mother was unable to lift it from the child. Nothing was stated in the article relating to charges of negligence, mechanism of injury or cause of death, probably because the act of placing the T.V. for trash pickup was not considered careless in any way.

Protecting our children from potential hazards is a parents number one priority and the responsibility of every homeowner also. As we would not put a refrigerator on the sidewalk with the door still attached, our responsibly as a community is to think in terms of prevention. According to the Essentials of Paramedic Care Manual “Trauma is the number one cause of death in infants and children. Most pediatric injuries result from blunt trauma.”

North Carolina has initiated the N.C. Child Fatality Task Force which has made great strides in studying the causes of childhood deaths and making recommendations for prevention. Any death of a child, especially an accidental/wrongful death is a painful psychological existence for a parent. Under the civil injury laws there are legal avenues that may be pursued for personal injury when caused by negligence or careless acts. Each case is different and an experienced licensed NC (or relevant state) injury lawyer should be sought if such an accident has occurred and you require legal advice.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia, with offices in northeast NC and Virginia Beach (VA), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is:, the firm edits three injury law blogs: Virginia Beach Injuryboard & Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects.

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