This question might not be one that you have ever considered, but if you have been injured whilst assembling flatpack furniture, it might be something that you should think about. Assembling flatpack furniture is a common activity these days with many people opting to save money by buying their furniture this way. Large companies such as Ikea sell thousands of items of flatpack furniture to the public each year. Yet while it may be something of a joke to talk about the mishaps that individuals have suffered while assembling their flatpack furniture, it is not always a laughing matter. Minor bumps and bruises may be dismissed as just part of modern life, but if the injury is more serious and the accident was not the fault of the individual a claim for compensation may be successful.
Responsibilities of supplier/manufacturer
Any furniture that is sold to the public should be robust and safe to use. All furniture should be sold in accordance with the current health and safety regulations and if these guidelines are not met and an individual suffers an injury as a result, the manufacturer or seller may be liable. Items such as shelving, bookcases or wall-mounted cabinets that do not have wall fastenings, tables or chairs that collapse, injuries that are incurred due to unstable or weak items of furniture or tripping over poorly constructed furniture are all reasons for making a claim against the manufacturer or seller of the furniture.
Flatpack furniture can also be the subject of a claim. It is possible that a flatpack piece of furniture is deemed unsafe due to the fact that the kit was not supplied with all the pieces required to safely assemble the piece of furniture. Instructions that are incomplete or unclear can also lead to accidents. For flatpack furniture, it is the responsibility of the seller of the item to ensure that the instructions that are supplied with the item are adequate to assemble the furniture correctly. For example if an individual purchases a flatpack chair that later collapses resulting in an injury to the individual, a claim for compensation could be successful.
Furniture accidents are not restricted to the home. Bars, cafes and any places where furniture is provided also have a duty to ensure that their furniture is safe.
Making a claim
Deciding whether you have a valid personal injury claim for an injury that you sustained whilst assembling flatpack furniture can be difficult. At Accident Advice Helpline, our expert lawyers are experienced and have helped many people with their personal injury claims. Contact us and we will discuss your claim with you and help you to decide whether you wish to initiate a claim and who that claim should be against.
So if you want to answer the question ‘I’ve been injured whilst assembling flatpack furniture, can I claim?’ then contact us for an answer.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown