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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Can I claim for faulty furniture accidents?


    Knowing what qualifies as a faulty furniture accident claim can help claimants to rest assured that they are pursuing the correct avenues of enquiry for a personal injury claim, and will clarify matters for people who ask, “can I claim for faulty furniture accidents?

    The answer is that not only can you claim for faulty furniture accidents, but the claimant should pursue a claim if they have been injured as a result of damaged or defective furniture. When a person buys a new piece of furniture they expect it to be free of marks or scratches, free from external damage and robust and safe to use. It is a legal requirement that whoever sold the person the furniture ensures that it has been sold in accordance with health and safety regulations.

    Know your rights

    Shelving, wall-mounted cabinets, or bookcases that are flimsy and have no wall fastenings, injuries due to weak or unstable items of furniture, tables or chairs that collapse, and tripping hazards on poorly constructed furniture, these are just a few of the reasons that someone might get injured and start a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline deals with these types of claim for our clients. Our helpful and professional staff will quickly ascertain whether there is a valid case for compensation to be filed against the offending parties.

    In some cases flat-pack furniture can be deemed unsafe, and this can be down to the fact that all of the pieces were not supplied with the kit, or that the instructions were unclear or incomplete. The poor construction of a piece of flat pack may be down to the above factors, and it is the duty of the company or person that sold the flat pack to inform the consumers of the right and proper way to assemble the furniture. For example, if a flat pack kitchen chair collapses and the consumer badly hurts their back, then a compensation case should be initiated.

    Burnt skin

    It is not only the poor construction and assembly of products that could make them potentially dangerous. If a person has a persistent rash or burns on their skin, or itchy and sore eyes, or even breathing difficulties, they should check if they have bought a new upholstered chair or sofa in the last three years. A personal injury claim can be filed if the chair or sofa has been wrongly chemically treated to make it fire retardant or hardwearing.

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    It may be that the company has used a chemical formula that has not been properly tested or does not comply with health and safety regulations; in any case our expert lawyers will uncover the facts when the person starts the case by phoning or emailing Accident Advice Helpline. There is also a short form available on our website that will help our friendly staff to answer any questions that a person may have. We offer free legal advice, and our 24/7 helpline enables everyone to get the answers they need, anytime.

    Date Published: January 12, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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