How do broken chair incidents happen?A chair can break for any number of reasons, whether because it was manufactured poorly and the legs and seat were not sturdy, or because it suffered years of wear and tear and it has finally eroded. Some may also be designed improperly and, despite being manufactured correctly, do not have inherent stability. Chairs with legs that are too narrow, for example, have a tendency to tip over, while those with very thin legs have a higher likelihood of breaking. Chairs may collapse in restaurants, eateries, furniture stores, waiting rooms, and even in private homes. It is important that the property owner be aware of the state of his chairs and how safe and maintained they are. If the chairs show signs of damage, they should be replaced or removed, or fixed altogether. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, you could file a product liability claim or a premises liability claim. If you bought a chair that was defective, you can sue the manufacturing company. However, if the chair was already present at a location and it broke you could sue the property owner. These incidents can result in many different types of injuries, ranging from concussions and neck injuries to spinal cord damages and torn muscles.
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What should I do to file a lawsuit for injuries from a broken chair?If you were hurt in a broken chair accident, you may not know what to do to gather evidence and take legal action. It is important that you gather as much proof as you can so your lawsuit has a solid foundation and you can move forward with a claim. We recommend following this procedure, and if you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact us:
- Go to the doctor to get treatment and to see how severe your injuries are
- Do not hesitate or wait too long to visit the hospital, as a delay can indicate that you were not that hurt, and it can cause your injuries to worsen as well as negatively impact your claim
- Keep medical records and receipts from your visit
- Take photos of your injuries
- Take pictures of the broken chair if you can, or hold on to it altogether if you owned it or recently purchased it (be aware that a business may get rid of the chair before you try to take pictures, so you should act quickly)
- If there were any eyewitnesses who saw the incident, you can interview them and get their testimonies
- File an incident report with the company if you were at a business when the chair collapsed
- Produce the receipt if you bought the chair and be sure not to tamper with it or try to fix it
What can I win in a broken chair injury lawsuit?The compensation you can receive from a broken chair injury lawsuit can pay for numerous expenses. The damages should be covered by the responsible party, whether that is a restaurant or a furniture manufacturer. The types of restitution that you can receive include the following:
- Medical bills from the past and future to pay for surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Lost wages from time you could not go to work or future lost income if you could not return to your job due to medical treatments or injuries
- Property damage if personal items were broken in the incident
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional anguish, PTSD, anxiety, fear, and more
What is the average value of a broken chair injury claim?The average value of a broken chair injury lawsuit will depend on various factors. The insurance agent handling the case will look at the extent of the injuries you suffered, how much of the accident was your fault, the impact the damages had on your life and career, and more. Cases that feature injuries that last a long time and were caused due to the overwhelming negligence of another party are often worth over $250,000, much more than those that result in next to no damages. Bear in mind that every case is different. Two scenarios that have nearly identical circumstances may end up with vastly different compensation amounts or results. This is because of the different insurance agents who will handle the cases and the varying levels of responsibility and damages. We have provided examples below of different lawsuits involving broken chairs. They are not examples of what you are guaranteed to earn, but can show what you may potentially receive.
- $740,000 Settlement: A customer purchased a bar stool from a furniture company. It did not require any assembly. When she sat on it for the first time, the stool fell apart and collapsed. As a result of the fall, she suffered spinal injuries and required back surgery and extensive pain management and therapy. The company attempted to deny liability, but ultimately agreed on a settlement with the victim.
- $85,000 Verdict: A mother and her son were out shopping for furniture at an upholstery store. The mother grew tired and sat down on a chair in the store, but the chair completely collapsed. She fell down and suffered spinal cord injuries. She went to the hospital immediately and received treatment. The defendant claimed that there was no accident in the store and that she did not report it, but after examination, it was shown that there was no investigation on behalf of the manager. The chair was also never properly inspected, as per other store employees.
- $150,000 Settlement: A middle-aged man walked into a BJ’s food court, ordered a meal, and sat down. When he sat, the chair broke off at the base and caused him to fall out of it, resulting in neck and shoulder damages. He needed shoulder and neck surgery to repair the damaged ligaments. BJ’s removed the chair, which prevented the man from using it as evidence. Other chairs were examined, though, and they were also found to be defective and were excessively welded, which caused instability. The store, manufacturer, and company were all targeted in the claim.
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