By Aaron Lee. Last Updated 26th February 2021. Welcome to our guide where we will be taking the time to discuss broken furniture accident claims in detail. In this guide, you will find advice on faulty furniture accident claims, how a personal injury lawyer could be of assistance, and much more.
If you’re injured because a piece of furniture is damaged, faulty or not built correctly, then you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Whether broken shelves caused your injuries, a broken chair accident in an office or any other furniture that broke, you might want to consider beginning a claim. Our team can provide free advice about claiming for a broken furniture accident.
To discuss your claim today, you can call 0800 073 8801 and speak directly to a specialist advisor. We’ll assess your claim for free, and if we believe you have a chance of winning a compensation claim, we could introduce you to one of our panel of personal injury solicitors. To make a successful claim for an injury caused by a piece of broken furniture, it must be shown that the injury could have been avoided.
If you’d rather find out more about making a broken furniture injury claim before calling, please continue reading this handy guide.
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- A Guide To Faulty And Broken Furniture Accident Claims
- What Are Broken And Faulty Furniture Accident Claims?
- Broken And Damaged Office Furniture Accidents
- Accidents Caused By Damaged Furniture At A School
- Accidents In A Hotel Or Hotel Room
- Accidents Claims For Broken Seats On Buses And Trains
- Accidents Caused By Broken Furniture In A Public Place
- Accidents In Cafes And Restaurants Caused By Broken Furniture
- Broken Furniture Accident Claims Against A Landlord
- Injuries Caused By Faulty Furniture At Home
- Injuries Which Broken Furniture Accidents Could cause
- Faulty And Broken Furniture Accident Claims Calculator
- What Else Could I Be Compensated For In The Event Of A Furniture Accident?
- No Win No Fee Broken Furniture Accident Claim Solicitors
- Contact Our Accident Claims Team
- Related Guides And Resources
A Guide To Faulty And Broken Furniture Accident Claims
Have you suffered an injury caused by a collapsing chair accident? Or were you injured at work by a faulty office chair? You could even have been affected by shelves that have collapsed, causing you to suffer injuries.
Whether you’ve been involved in a broken furniture accident at home, at work, in a restaurant, in a public place, in hotel or even on public transport, this guide could help you decide whether you could claim compensation for any injuries you sustained.
If you do decide to make a claim, then we could help you. Our specialist advisors offer free legal advice, and we have a panel of solicitors who could help with personal injury claims on a no win no fee basis.
To see if you could be eligible to make a claim, see if you can answer yes to the following questions:
- Did your accident happen within the personal injury claims time limit which is currently 3 years?
- Were you owed a duty of care by the person you blame for the accident?
- Did they breach their duty of care leading to the accident?
- And did you suffer any injuries during the accident?
If all of the above are true, you could be entitled to compensation. This guide will explain what to do if you’ve suffered an injury, the types of claims that can be made, when somebody else could be liable and how much compensation you could be entitled to.
What Are Broken And Faulty Furniture Accident Claims?
If you have had an accident caused by broken or damaged furniture, maybe the furniture was old and needed replacing, was in disrepair, had sharp edges if it caused you to become injured, and a chance that you could be compensated for the injury caused. Of course this completely depends on where it happened and whether you were owed a duty of care. It could be at work, in a restaurant, at school, on a bus, or even for furniture provided by your landlord.
If you’re involved in an accident, which wasn’t your fault, you could seek compensation for any injuries you sustain if it was caused through third party negligence. Our team can advise you of what sort of evidence you need to provide, the amount of compensation you might be entitled to and reasons why you might not be able to claim at all.
Broken And Damaged Office Furniture Accidents
All employers are bound by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to ensure their staff are safe while at work. This means that they should risk assess the workplace for any dangers and reduce them where possible.
While this might reduce the risks involved with dangerous machinery or equipment, furniture should not be overlooked in the risk assessment.
If you’re injured at work, because of a faulty piece of furniture, then you could claim compensation for your injuries. This could be the case if:
- The furniture was reported as damaged but not repaired promptly.
- Or the furniture had not been constructed correctly.
- The furniture was not checked regularly by your employer.
Accidents Caused By Damaged Furniture At A School
Whether you’ve suffered an injury in a school as a teacher, a teaching assistant or if you’re considering a claim because your child was injured by damaged school furniture, we could help.
Schools have a duty of care to all employees, visitors and pupils to ensure they’re safe when on the school premises. This means, if you suffer an injury while on site, caused by damaged or faulty furniture, then you might be able to claim compensation for any injuries.
This could be for accidents on school chairs, injuries caused by faulty desks or tables, playground furniture, and office furniture.
Accidents in a school could include:
- Falls from chairs where the legs have buckled.
- Cuts or lacerations on tables with damaged edges or screws protruding underneath.
- Falls from playground benches which have collapsed.
- Or accidents in the school office where shelving has fallen causing the contents to land on you.
Accidents In A Hotel Or Hotel Room
Hotel rooms are often very spacious, clean and have relatively new furniture throughout. However, if the hotel staff don’t check the furniture regularly, it is possible to become injured while in your room if furniture had depreciated over time or possible work furniture.
If for instance, your bed collapses when you sit or lay on it, causing to an injury, a chair breaks because of a damaged leg or if you slip in a bath because the handrail was damaged, you could be eligible to begin a claim.
Other injuries that might occur are those where a piece of furniture is damaged, leaving it with sharp or jagged edges that could lead to cuts and lacerations if you don’t spot them.
Accident Claims For Broken Seats On Buses And Trains
If you are travelling on public transport and are injured because of a fault with the seating, you might be able to sue the train or bus company. Some buses and trains also have tables between seats that could cause you an injury if damaged.
Sharp edges on a table or seat could cause cuts or lacerations which could lead to a claim. Another type of accident could be when you sit on the seat and it collapses causing you to fall and injure yourself.
Again, we’d recommend photographing the scene with these types of accidents, asking witnesses for their details and reporting the accident to staff where possible.
Accidents Caused By Broken Furniture In A Public Place
Many public places, like high streets, parks, riverbanks and footpaths have furniture for public use. This can include benches; picnic benches and you could include public bins too.
Whether it be the local authority or a private business, the landowner should ensure that any furniture is well maintained. If the item of furniture is damaged, it is either removed, cordoned off or repaired to avoid accidents from happening. If they fail to do so, and you end up injuring yourself then you could claim for injuries caused.
Some public place claims can be more complex than others. This is because there may be multiple parties who could be responsible. If the owner blames the occupier and vice versa, then you’ may want the support of an experienced personal injury solicitor to help you overcome their objections. Because of our experience in personal injury claims, we have the knowledge needed to work out who a claim needs to be made against and how to identify a land or property owner if it’s not immediately obvious.
Accidents In Cafes And Restaurants Caused By Broken Furniture
When you visit a restaurant, café, pub or fast food outlet, you expect it to be clean and safe as well as hoping for good food. Whether a large fast food chain or a small independent eatery, the restaurant has a duty of care towards customer safety, staff safety, and any visitors’ safety.
When accidents happen involving damaged chairs, faulty tables, broken toilets or missing handrails, then a compensation claim could be made against the restaurant owners for any avoidable injuries caused.
If you believe you were injured because a café or restaurant was negligent in maintaining their furniture, please get in touch to start your claim. We’ll take a look at any evidence you might have and provide you with an honest assessment of whether you could seek compensation or not.
Broken Furniture Accident Claims Against A Landlord
If you rent a property from a landlord that includes furniture in the rent agreement, you could seek damages from them if you are injured because of a fault in that furniture that the landlord failed to repair or replace. There are certain requirements in the Landlords and Tenants Act 1985 which require the landlord to ensure any furniture and furnishings, included in the rental agreement, are safe.
Therefore, if you’re injured by an accident caused by faulty furniture, you might be able to make a claim. This is especially true if you can show that you reported the fault to the landlord, and they’ve failed to respond.
For evidence, photograph the faulty piece of furniture and, if possible, print out any emails or text messages showing that you reported the fault.
Injuries Caused By Faulty Furniture At Home
Even if you’re injured in an accident in your own home, you could make a broken furniture accident claim.
That’s because you may be able to claim against a retailer or manufacturer if it can be proven their negligence caused your accident to happen.
Common accidents which could lead to a claim include:
- Chairs are faulty on a new chairs and table set and a person is injured.
- A new bed is faulty and breaks when you lie on it causing you to injure yourself.
The reasons why a retailer or manufacturer might be to blame include:
- Poor product design.
- Inadequate instructions surrounding the installation or construction of the furniture.
- A faulty part of the product.
- If the retailer installed the furniture negligently.
If you’re injured during an accident while using the furniture, you could look to make a compensation claim in any of these cases.
Deciding who the claim is against could be difficult. Let our team assess the merits of the case and advise you whether the claim should be against the retailer or the manufacturer before proceeding to begin your claim.
Injuries Which Broken Furniture Accidents Could cause
There are a number of common injuries which faulty furniture accidents could sustain. These can include:
- Neck injuries which may include whiplash.
- Head injuries including concussion.
- Trapped fingers or hand injuries causing pinching or crushing.
- Serious injuries causing the amputation of fingers.
- Broken or fracture bones (particularly in wrist, shoulders or arms).
- Spinal injuries.
It may seem dramatic to say that whiplash, spinal injuries or head injuries can occur from a damaged piece of furniture. Still, while many personal injury claims are for mild cases, there are instances where much more serious injuries, which can be life-changing, can occur.
Faulty And Broken Furniture Accident Claims Calculator
When making your claim, a personal injury solicitor can use pre-determined compensation amounts that the insurance industry, courts and other solicitors have available to them. These are known as the Judicial College Guidelines.
In the personal injury claims calculator table below, you’ll see a range of injuries and how much compensation they could be worth:
|Injury Type||Amounts||Notes On Injury|
|Scarring||£2,080 to £6,870||A single noticeable scar, or several superficial scars, of leg(s) or arm(s) or hand(s), with some minor cosmetic deficit.
|Minor Neck Injury||Up to £2,150 to £6,920||Important factors of the brackets is recovery time, injuries relate soft tissue damages.|
|Minor Back Injury||Up to £2,150 to £10,970||Brackets are concerned with length of injury. Includes less serious strains, sprains, disc prolapses and soft tissue injuries.|
|Simple Arm Fractures||£5,810 to £16,830||Simple fractures to the forearm.|
|Severe Fractures to Fingers||Up to £32, 210||Reduce grip, may result in partial amputation of fingers, deformity, reduced function.|
|Lesser Injuries to Hip/Pelvis||£3,460 to £11,040||Significant injury. Recovery within 2 years.|
|Simple Fractures to Tibia or Fibula||Up to £10,380||Simple fractures to the tibia or fibula or soft tissue injuries. The top of the amount will be awarded taking into consideration length in plaster and time to recover.|
|Serious Foot Injury||£21, 910 to £34, 370||Severe injury to the foot prolonged treatment and the risk of fusion surgery.
These amounts are not specific to broken furniture accidents but any accidents that have happened due to third party negligence. Your solicitor’s job is to ensure they demonstrate the severity of your injuries by providing the correct evidence, so that you receive the correct level of compensation for your case.
What Else Could I Be Compensated For In The Event Of A Furniture Accident?
Your settlement for your personal injury claim will be broken down into two main areas as you will see below. These are known as heads of loss and are used to calculate compensation that cover different losses.
- Pain and Suffering
This compensation (shown in the table in the previous section) is used to compensate you for any pain and suffering caused by your accident.
- Travel Expenses.
You might need to make alternative travel arrangements while you’re recovering from your injuries. If this incurs additional costs, you could claim them back.
- Medical Costs.
Even though NHS treatment is free, the cost of prescriptions and over the counter treatments can add up. Therefore, you could include these expenses in your claim.
- Care Costs.
While you’re recovering from your injuries, if you need professional care to support you, then you may be able to include the cost in your claim. You should check with your solicitor before agreeing to pay for these costs as they could be quite expensive so you should check that you’ll be able to claim them back.
- Lost Earnings.
Sometimes, you’ll need to take time off work to recover from your injuries. If this means you lose income, you could try and claim it back. You could also claim future lost income in more serious cases if you can’t return to work or have to change roles.
- Damage to Personal Property. If you damage any item of personal property during your accident, you could claim back the costs of repairing or replacing the item. For instance, if your mobile phone, watch or clothing are damaged when you fall from a chair, you could look to claim to replace the items.
No Win No Fee Broken Furniture Accident Claim Solicitors
To make a personal injury claim more accessible for as many people as possible, our panel of personal injury solicitors offer to work on a no win no fee basis for claims that they take on.
When using no win no fee, you’ll be provided with a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). These put into writing the fact that there’s nothing to pay whatsoever to your solicitor should they fail to win the case.
On the other hand, if you do receive compensation, the CFA will explain the solicitor’s success fee. A success fee is limited by law to 25% of your compensation. It’s used to pay the solicitor for their service and is deducted automatically from any compensation you’re awarded.
Contact Our Accident Claims Team
If you are ready to begin your broken furniture injury claim, then you can contact us by:
- Calling us free on 0800 073 8801 today and speaking with a specialist advisor.
- Using the live chat feature on our website.
- Sending an email to email@example.com
- Or filling in our accident claim form so that we can call you back.
When you get in touch, we’ll assess your claim with you for free. Whether your claim is for an accident in a hotel room, a broken chair accident or for injuries caused by dangerous furniture, we’ll help work out whether you have a valid claim or not. If you do, we could introduce you to a personal injury lawyer who could take on your case with a no win no fee service.
Related Guides And Resources
Now that you’ve reached the end of this guide about claiming compensation for a broken furniture accident, we’ve provided some more useful links and resources below.
The Furniture Ombudsman – The independent ombudsman who can help you with complaints if you’ve been through the retailer’s complaints procedure already.
The Health And Safety Executive – Information from the HSE about all types of health and safety matters.
NHS Broken Bones – Information provided by the NHS can help you determine if you’ve broken a bone.
Accident At Work Claim – If you’ve suffered a furniture accident at work, then this guide could be useful.
Hotel Claims – A guide to help you understand if you could seek damages for a hotel accident.
If you require any more information regarding a broken furniture injury claim, please get in touch to discuss how we could help you today.
Broken furniture accident claims FAQ
Can I claim compensation for faulty goods?
A consumer could have grounds to make a claim if a faulty good causes them hard. For instance, if a faulty washing machine were to cause someone harm due to an error of negligence, then a compensation claim could be a suitable course of action.
What is a damage claim?
A damage claim is a legal action taken against a party when their negligence causes someone injury or harm. For instance, when making a damage claim, various factors can be taken into consideration, such as financial losses, physical injury, and psychological trauma.
What are my consumer rights on faulty goods?
Under the Consumer Rights Act, you are allowed to get items replaced or repaired. However, the longer you have the product, the more challenging it can be to receive a refund or repair.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to read our guide on broken furniture accident claims.