At Graham Coffey & Co, we represent individuals who have sustained serious injuries or illness due to faulty or toxic furniture. Our Manchester solicitors who specialise in defective furniture injuries will help you understand your options for obtaining financial compensation from negligent manufacturers or retailers.
If you bought a leather sofa or any item of furniture in the last three years and have since developed unexplained eye or skin irritations or breathlessness, contact us. We can help you determine whether you have a claim for toxic furniture.
Injuries or Illness Caused by Toxic Furniture
Many people do not consider that the furniture they buy may be the cause of unexplained eye or skin irritation or shortness of breath. A lot of furniture, especially leather sofas or chairs, are chemically treated to ensure they are flame-retardant and protected from wear and tear.
Such chemical treatments, however, can be toxic to humans, especially if used excessively. In one recently reported case, some Chinese-manufactured furniture was found to contain dangerous levels of a highly sensitising fungicidal chemical known as dimethyl fumarate (DMF). The furniture had been stocked and sold by numerous retailers, including Argos and Homebase.
Other Furniture Hazards in the UK
Injuries may also be caused by poorly constructed furniture, or self-assembled furniture you purchased at a do-it-yourself store such as B&Q or Wickes. Such products occasionally have missing parts or building instructions that are unclear, leading to poor assembly. Common home furniture accidents include:
- Chair or sofa collapses
- Wall-mounted cupboards with weak or failed fixings
- Faulty garden furniture
- Weak shelving or bookcases without wall fastenings/anchors
- Failed TV mounts for flat-screen TVs
- Shattering glass in coffee tables, end tables or display cabinets
- Trapping hazards such as fast-closing drawers or toy chests
- Injuries to children playing on unstable or weak furniture
- Defective baby crib rails and other children's furniture
All products sold must be fit for its intended use and be safe when used for that purpose. If any product falls below that standard, the seller — not just the manufacturer — is responsible for compensating any loss or injury.
Furniture injuries are not limited to the home, but could include injuries sustained by poorly maintained furniture in bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants and other public places.