If a person has suffered an injury or illness as a result of an accident with faulty or damaged furniture, then a personal injury claim should be filed as a faulty furniture accident claim. It is not just physical injury as a result of bangs or bumps or cuts, there are various ways in which this type of compensation claim can occur.
Some furniture products are treated with chemicals to give them fire retardant properties or to prolong the life and cleanliness of the product. In some cases it has been known for these chemical treatments to irritate the skin, causing rashes or burns, and even causing breathing problems. If there are not sufficient warnings supplied with the product about the possibility of the above symptoms, then phoning our personal injury specialists at the Accident Advice Helpline will give a person the guidance they need in order to successfully initiate their claim.
A recent case of a claim from furniture made in China states that the furniture they produced was found to contain high levels of the fungicidal chemical dimethyl fumarate, otherwise known as DMF. Major stockists throughout the UK had this furniture and had to withdraw the products as a result of the rise in accident claims.
Poor construction of a piece of furniture can also lead to accidents and injuries; it is the duty of the manufacturer or producer of the furniture to ensure that their products meet the regulation safety standards. If the guidelines are not met and a person is injured as a result of poor safety standards then a faulty furniture accident claim can be pursued.
Flat pack furniture that is bought from DIY stores and various other stockists can arrive without all of the pieces required for assembly, or they may contain unclear instructions as to how to construct a piece. This can lead to dangerous assembly of the product, further increasing the risk of an accident.
Faulty furniture claims are not limited to accidents in the home; a person can receive an injury from dangerous products in a bar or pub, café, or other public place. If a person is unsure of their options in any case, then they should contact the Accident Advice Helpline to receive free advice from a specialised member of our law team.
Consumers who have bought furniture from any country, even outside the UK, are protected by the Consumer Act 1987; this regulation is in place to protect the rights of a person should they be sold damaged or defective furniture. The Sale of Goods Act 1979 is another safety net, and will help the consumer to recover the cost of their faulty furniture.
Our 24/7 helpline and knowledgeable staff provide free advice and are there to help people who are unsure what type of compensation claim they are entitled to as a result of a faulty furniture accident. The Accident Advice Helpline operates on a no win no fee basis and no money is needed from the claimant in order to initiate their claim.
Date Published: January 12, 2014
Author: David Brown