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Brother saving brother from toppled dresser goes viral

The video starts innocently enough. A pair of young toddlers are playing with the drawers of a dresser in their bedroom. But what happened next, caught on camera by the family's nanny cam, is the vision of nightmares to parents. The twin boys decide to try to climb into the middle drawer, but their weight causes the dresser to topple over, throwing one boy to the floor and trapping the other boy underneath the dresser. Thankfully, this incident did not end in tragedy, due to some quick thinking by one of the brothers.

He understands something is wrong. His brother is crying, and his feet are kicking from the side of the dresser; his brother's head and torso are trapped underneath. The boy climbs over the dresser to the back to see what can be done. He then returns to the front and tries to lift it but fails, eventually opting to push it back towards the wall and successfully removes it from on top of his brother.

Thankfully, neither boy was injured in the accident, but that is far from often the case. Injuries and fatalities due to tipped furniture occurs at a far higher frequency than one might expect. It is the leading cause of death among children, accounting for one death every two weeks. Although this Utah family was extremely lucky, many are not as lucky.

This dresser, manufactured and sold by Ikea, comes with a wall-mounted anchor to prevent it from falling over, but it was not installed in this instance. Ikea is well aware of the potential dangers of furniture, having recently lost a $50 million dollar suit following the death of three children due to toppling furniture.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of an injury or family member's death due to a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation in a products liability suit. To determine whether you are eligible, you may want to speak with a law professional familiar with personal injury cases.

Source: NBC News, "Caught on Camera: Dresser Falls on Twin Boys, One Toddler Saves the Other," Accessed on Jan. 17, 2017

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