Collapsing furniture injury claim *
Collapsing furniture is a common cause of personal injury *. Each year many people are injured by a faulty chair or collapsing shelves, for example. These types of accidents tend to happen in the home but can also happen in public places like restaurants and shops and as an accident at work *. Collapsing furniture claims * require the claimant to prove that the accident and injury was not their fault and was either caused by the negligence of third party or a fault in the manufacturing of the furniture.
Some of the injuries that can be sustained from collapsing furniture include:
- Lower back injury
- Spinal injury
- Shoulder injuries
- Deep wounds caused by a combination of collapsing furniture and ragged edges
- Infections from cuts on rusted metal pieces
Most furniture related injuries where they tip over happen at home or in retail environments. Furniture or shelving may not be installed correctly to a supporting wall or free standing and not kept in good condition by the establishment owners. In these cases, when a person takes something from the shelve, for example, they tip over and fall on them, causing them injury.
Poor construction or Design Defects
In this case a mistake is made in the production phase of the product and is not noticed until it is too late. In these cases, the manufacturer may be held liable.
To prove who was responsible for the accident the following information will be useful:
- Did the establishment know that the furniture was defect or needed to be repaired?
- Was the furniture in clear need of repair and the owners did not remove or repair it?
- Do you have photos or video of the scene of the accident, showing the cause?
- Is there CCTV footage available that will show how the accident happened?
- Were there any witnesses to the accidents? If so, get statements from them, if possible.
Where the accident happened while at work:
To proceed with a collapsing furniture claim *, it is necessary to prove that your employer was negligent in their duties. Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for all employees. To minimize the threat of injury employers are expected to:
- Avoid the need to undertake any manual handling operations at work which carry a high threat of injury.
- A detailed risk assessment procedure should be put in place, so employees are aware of any potential hazardous materials.
- The employer should provide the necessary equipment that will assist in general duties.
What you should do after an accident
Seek medical attention
The main priority after an injury of this nature is your own health and safety. The emergency services should be called immediately if the injury is a serious one. Any medication administered should be done so with your consent. The medical report will be obtained at a later stage.
Report the incident
Once in a medically stable condition, the incident should be reported to the supervisor. This will ensure that the cause of the injury is identified along with ensuring that it doesn’t happen to another person.
Speak with a solicitor
If you have suffered loss of earning or incurred medical bills as a result of the injury it is recommended that you speak with a solicitor. Your solicitor will assist you in collecting important documents that will determine where liability lies. Examples of these documents include:
- Medical records
- CCTV footage
- Witness reports
- Photographic evidence
Legal Time Limits
The legal time frames regarding the amount of time you have to make a claim can alternate depending on the scenario. The general guideline for all personal injury cases * is usually that the injured party has a time period of two years less one day from the date of the accident to make a claim *. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim. In the situation where a person under the age of 18 is injured the two year time period will commence on their 18th birthday. An adult can make a claim on their behalf which is known as the Next Friend rule.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CASE
At Tracey Solicitors, our dedicated team of personal injury solicitors * have 30+ years of experience in helping people who suffered an injury due to the negligence of another party.
If you are considering to make a collapsing furniture injury claim *, feel free to contact 01 649 9900 for a confidential discussion and tell us about your case or reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask any questions or queries you may have. Furthermore, you can visit our Personal Injury & Accident FAQ’s for additional understanding.