Broken Chair Accident Claims – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

Chairs are all around us and we use them unthinkingly every single day of our lives. But poorly maintained, broken and damaged chairs can cause lasting damage if you’re the victim of an accident involving one. Chairs can also cause long-term damage if they are not ergonomically suited to you. Injuries from faulty or improperly adjusted chairs can also be claimed for in broken chair compensation claims.

We have over 30 years of experience in managing compensation claims – including those relating to broken chairs. We can help you with your broken chair lawsuit so keep reading:

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Your guide to claiming for an accident caused by a broken chair

It’s a horrible feeling when you sit on a chair and find yourself sprawled on the floor instead. Perhaps the chair was faulty and gave way when you sat on it. Perhaps it was damaged and should never have been made available to you. Most chair accidents end with an exclamation of ‘The chair broke under me!’, but others can leave lasting effects. Accidents involving chairs can happen to anyone – even MPs.

Broken chair injury

Broken chair injury

Chairs can also cause damage to your back if they cause you to sit in the wrong position for long periods of time leading to you being injured on a chair at work. Back damage can be severely debilitating and take months to recover from – if indeed you ever do.

Most chair accidents aren’t your fault. You expect that a chair will bear your weight when you lower yourself onto it. You don’t expect that it will strain your back. And you expect that if it is known to have a fault, for example if it is the subject of a recall that it will be removed from use immediately.

If you’ve been involved in chair accidents resulting in injury – either instantly or chronically – that wasn’t your fault you are entitled to be compensated. After all your recovery period may well put you out of pocket with extra hospital visits or lost hours of work.

Definition of a broken chair injury

Any injury directly caused by a faulty chair could be a broken chair injury. Most often this would involve some sort of fall from the chair but office chair injuries could include cuts from sharp edges.

Long-term damage to your back and neck from sitting in faulty chairs are also included. This could potentially include scenarios where you have been provided with a functional but inadequate chair that causes you to sit with poor posture, hence damaging yourself.

What you should do if you are involved in an incident

Your first port of call should be to see a doctor to treat your injuries, whether a chair broke in a restaurant or elsewhere. Your health is of paramount importance. Even if you think the injury is minor it is best to get it checked out as soon as you can as sometimes minor issues can worsen if not attended to correctly.

Having a timely medical report as part of your claim can, in fact, strengthen your case and increase the amount of compensation you are awarded. Your doctor will be able to comment on the nature and degree of falling off chair injuries at the time they were sustained which will carry more weight than a report compiled days or weeks later.

Once you have got yourself checked over it is important that you write down what happened before you can forget it. Ask anyone else who witnessed the incident to note down what they saw as well. If possible take some photographs – both of the actual chair and of the surroundings. Finally, try to obtain some photographs of your injuries.

The more information you can provide on the nature of your claim, and the more sources you can obtain information from, the better your chances of a successful claim and maximal award.

What next?

If you feel you would like to start making a claim for compensation – regardless of the type of broken chair claim you intend to pursue – then your first port of call should be to talk to a member of our team.

We offer a free consultation where we can answer any questions you may have about the process. We aim to remove all obstacles from your path by offering our services on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. That means you don’t pay us anything. Whether you have had an office chair accident at work or chair tipping injuries have been sustained in a restaurant or sports stadium, we can help.

If you’re still not sure if you have a claim then browse through our list of common types of claim below

Common claims

Although there are many different types of incident involving broken computer chairs there are a few injuries that crop up time and time again:

  • Head injuries caused by hitting your head when you fall. These can be severe as you typically aren’t expecting the fall and take no measures to protect yourself. There may also be
  • Broken limbs can also be severe, again as the fall is unexpected. You may not be aware that you have broken a bone until you are examined by a doctor.
  • Cuts and lacerations caused by sharp edges, either exposed as the chair failed or present because the chair was already damaged.
  • Bruises are perhaps the most common result of a fall from a chair.
  • Back damage can be caused by falling awkwardly onto your spine or, over a longer period of time, it can be caused by poorly adjusted or faulty chairs forcing you into poor posture.

Chair accident Injuries in public areas

If you have been injured because of broken seating in a public area it can be tricky to know who you are claiming against in a broken chair lawsuit UK. You may think that the council is responsible for public seating but that’s only true on land they own. Shopping streets may have seating provided by local businesses, or indeed the entire street may be owned by a shopping centre management company. Parkland may be owned by other organisations too, such as the National Trust or other charities.

We have significant experience in dealing with claims in public areas. So even if you don’t know who your claim for compensation would involve we can help. Call our experienced team now to discuss your options.

Public transport and faulty seats

When you take a ride, whether by train, bus, tram or any other form of public transportation, you expect to arrive in one piece. There are many reasons why a seat could be broken, ranging from insufficient safety checks to recent vandalism.

Whatever the reason you shouldn’t be taking the consequences. If you’ve had an accident involving a broken seat, either while waiting or while on board, you can claim compensation.

Chair accident injuries while going out

Going for a meal in a restaurant is supposed to be a relaxing experience. But if your ends with you falling off your chair onto the floor then the restaurant or cafe owner has failed in their duty to protect members of the public using their facilities.

Other entertainment venues – such as pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres etc – also need to ensure that the seating they provide is safe and fit for use.

Regardless of where your accident occurred you can speak to a member of our team today to see how we can help.

Faulty equipment at work

Despite the government providing a detailed guide to seating at work there are plenty of incidents where people have been injured due to the seats and chairs they have been provided with.

Improperly maintained chairs can jam into uncomfortable positions – or drop when the user does not expect it. Wheels can jam and, if not matched to the surface on which the chair will be used, the chair can be “skittish” and slide away when someone attempts to sit on it. If you have an accident whilst at work ensure that you record all the details in the accident book as soon as possible – even if you feel you aren’t badly hurt. Not doing so could reduce the amount of compensation you are awarded.

Your employer has a responsibility to ensure you are seated comfortably. They should have undertaken a risk assessment of your working area and determined your needs as regard seating. Your chair at work should be adjusted correctly and it is your employer’s responsibility to provide you with a safe, stable and comfortable chair suitable for your needs. You should also be permitted to take comfort breaks so you do not remain seated in the same position for long periods of time.

If the worry of losing your job is putting you off making a claim then rest assured that your employer is not allowed to fire you – indeed if they do you will potentially have another claim against them – this time for unfair dismissal.

Your employer should also have insurance to cover the costs of such claims so you needed worry that you will be damaging the business by taking the broken office chair compensation you are entitled to.

Damaged chairs in schools

When you send your child to school you expect that they will come home in one piece. Not with their arm in a sling!

If your child has fallen from a faulty chair in school, and they didn’t cause the damage to the chair or the accident, then you can claim on their behalf. The earlier such claims are made the greater the chance of success so it is better if your claim for your child as soon as the accident occurs.

If you suffered such an accident as a child and your parents didn’t make a claim then you have three years from when you turn 18 to make a claim in your own right.

Can I claim for other damages?

There are five areas in which you can claim for damages following an accident or incident with a faulty chair.

  • General Expenses: the payout you receive in compensation for your pain and suffering. This will be calculated when the claim is decided taking into account the evidence you have provided.
  • Medical Expenses: costs associated with treating your injuries
  • Travel Expenses: costs associated with extra travel as a result of your accident
  • Care: costs associated with providing care for you at home, for example if you required assistance dressing while you recuperated
  • Loss of Earnings: if you cannot work or could not work for an extended period of time you may be able to claim for loss of earnings

What can I expect to receive?

When debating whether or not to go through the hassle of making a claim many of our clients want to know how much they’ll see at the end of it. Whilst we can reassure you that making a claim is hassle free we can’t tell you how much you’ll receive as every case is unique.

Your claim will cover various different aspects including: compensation for the injuries you received; compensation for out of pocket expenses and compensation for loss of earnings and independence. Each part of the claim is assessed based on the facts presented to the court so it is vitally important that we gather as much evidence about your accident as possible before we begin to advise you.

Given below is a table detailing some common payout ranges for different injuries that are often caused by broken chairs. This will provided you with a ballpark figure of the payout your could get. If your injury is not listed, or you aren’t sure which category you fall into, then our team of advisers will be happy to go through it all with you.

Nature of injuryCompensation Range 
Minor Head or brain injury£1675 - £9700This takes into account the severity of the initial injury, time taken to recover, presence or absence of headaches
Severe Back Injury£29,475 - £122,350This is the category that includes life changing damage to the spinal nerves and tissues. There may be chronic illness associated with the initial injury and knock-on effects such as depression, alcoholism, personality change, impaired sexual function, arthritis, chronic pain and loss of mobility. Examples could include disc fractures, disc lesions, and spinal cord damage.
Moderate Back Injury£9,500 - £29,475This category includes cases that lead to some form of disability but not as severe as the first category. There will probably be significant soft tissue damage, ligament strains and chronic backache. This bracket would be still impact on day to day life but to a lesser extend than the higher one.
Minor Back InjuriesUp to £9,500This bracket contains those back injuries from which full recovery is possible without chronic effects. The actual amount will depend on the severity of the original injury, the degree to which it affects employability and day to day functioning and the degree of pain experienced as well as the quantity and type of pain medication required.
Simple arm fracture£5,000 - £14,600Where the forearm is broken cleanly and full recovery occurs.
Other minor-moderate arm injuries £14,600 - £29,800More complicated cases where disability or scarring remains, however considerable degree of recovery occurs.
Minor-Moderate leg injuriesUp to £21,000This category includes simple fractures from which a full recovery is expected to slightly more complex ones where a lengthy convalescence required, the bone is broken in multiple locations or some degree of disability will remain.

Your injuries are not the only area for which you can receive damages. Loss of earnings, loss of potential earnings, pain and suffering (both mental and physical) can all be assessed as part of the final claim. Listed below is a table offering a rough idea of how much each of these aspects of your claim could be worth.
Other DamagesCompensation Range 
Loss of anticipated earnings£10,000 - £400,000Where the accident leads to a reduction in your ability to work you can claim for loss of earnings. It is calculated based on your current and future earnings. In rare cases the maximum may be higher.
Loss of benefits£5,000 - £500,000Whilst recovering from your injuries you may be unable to work. This section compensates you for actual lost income and again, in rare cases, the maximum may be increased.
Pain and suffering £1,000 - £200,000This is based on the amount of pain suffered due to your accident.
Mental anguish£3,550This part of the claim compensates you for the mental trauma of having an accident - for example if you were scared you would die.

What does it cost to make a claim?

We don’t want anyone to be denied compensation for their injuries because of their financial circumstances. Let’s face it – if you’ve had a serious accident because of a faulty chair or had to leave work because of your chronic backache caused by negligence on the part of your employer – your finances aren’t going to be at their healthiest either.

Which is why we work on a No Win No Fee broken chair injury claim basis. Unlike a traditional solicitor who charges by the hour worked, the panel of solicitors we work with don’t charge you anything until you win compensation. Only then will legal fees be payable. We don’t want to waste your time or your money, so we will advise you from the very beginning if we think your claim is going to be sufficient, and we won’t tell you to take forward cases that we believe have no chance of winning.

Your family solicitor on the high street may well take on your case – but if they’re going to get paid regardless of the outcome can you be sure that they are working as hard as possible to obtain the best result for you? Ask yourself who you’d rather was working on your behalf.

Who should I speak to if I want to make a claim?

Why choose us over any of the other myriad accident claims companies looking for your business? What do we have that they don’t? Find out for yourself by talking to our friendly and helpful claims team about your situation. Once you’ve spent time dealing with us you’ll recognise that we are immensely experienced in dealing with all types of claim resulting from broken, damaged, faulty and otherwise dangerous seating. We’ve helped countless others to obtain maximal payouts for accidents that they were victims of. We know it’s an unpleasant time of your life and that you want to get it over with as quickly as you can. We deal with your claim in a timely and caring manner, leaving you free to recover and move on from this unpleasant episode.

What if I’m not sure I have a claim?

Call us now on our freephone number 0800 073 8801 to discuss your options and what to do next. Your initial chat is absolutely free and,if it becomes apparent that your claim will not be successful we will advise you of that fact, and you will not need to pay a penny.

If you do decide to start a claim we will be able to talk you through the whole process. We will be with you every step of the way to explain anything you might be unclear on, or tell you what happens next in a simple, easy to understand way. Isn’t it worth checking if we can help with your broken chair injury claim?

Health and Safety regarding chairs

Read more about Health and Safety guidance regarding chairs and how to select them. This site also provides guidance on assessing risk as well.