To anyone who has not experienced it, it may seem unlikely but injuries caused by faulty furniture are surprisingly common.
In fact, in cases of overturning furniture, particularly those involving children, furniture-related accidents can prove fatal.
Sometimes, such incidents happen as a result of very particular circumstances and no party may be considered liable. However, if a problem is caused by a defect, fault or inherently flawed design, those affected may be able to claim compensation.
Thompsons' personal injury solicitors in Scotland are champions of consumer rights and can work on your behalf to help you successfully negotiate the legal process in order to claim the compensation you deserve for pain, suffering, injury, lost earnings and any associated expenses.
We are committed to helping injured parties get their lives back on track following an accident. For more information about how our service and No Win, No Fee funding model may benefit you, contact us today.
Toxic sofa claims
In 2010 personal injury lawyers representing hundreds of consumers who suffered chemical burns as a result of Chinese manufactured "toxic sofas" reached a High Court class action compensation settlement of £20m.
The claimants' injuries were caused by the chemical called DMF (dimethyl fumarate) in leather sofas made by Linkwise and Eurosofa.
At the time the faulty furniture compensation settlement represented the largest consumer group litigation in UK legal history. The defendants in the case, Argos, Land of Leather and Walmsleys, all admitted liability.
Following coverage of the toxic sofa scandal, the EU announced that it would ban the future use of DMF in furniture.
The Ikea Dresser Scandal
In 2017 Ikea had to re-announce a recall of 29 million chests and dressers following the death of eight children as a result of fatal crush injuries.
However, the recall was first made in June 2016 but proved to be insufficiently effective, despite notices on social media, the Ikea website and advertisements in television and newspapers.
Although the recall only affected consumers in the United States and Canada, it emphasised just how dangerous poorly designed furniture can be.
The toxic sofa and collapsing dresser scandals are just two examples of defective furniture causing injury. Other common examples of furniture-related accidents include:
- Chair collapses
- Defective garden furniture
- Poorly mounted furniture accidents
- Television-related accidents
- Glass furniture accidents
- Shelving accidents
- Trap hazard accidents
- Amputation and sharp injury furniture accidents
Furniture Accidents in All Settings
Whether you have sustained injury in a furniture-related accident at home, have suffered an accident in the workplace involving an office chair, have been the victim of defective furniture in a public place or are the parent of a child who has suffered injury as a result of a defective chair at school, the specialist consumer injury claims solicitors at Thompsons can help you recover the compensation you to which you are entitled.
Thompsons' solicitors are leaders in their field. Our firm has an excellent success rate, winning over 90% of the personal injury cases we take on, securing our clients around £1 million in compensation each week.
Call us today so that we can advise you on the best way forward following a furniture-related accident. We offer a No Win No Fee funding model so that you proceed with a faulty furniture compensation claim without financial risk. Call 0800 0891 331 to speak with us today.