Furniture is meant to be appropriately secure and should not collapse or break with use. If you make a purchase of anything and it turns out to be faulty, you could return it. However, if the faulty product leads to injuries, you should take legal action. Broken chairs
and collapsed chairs
are extremely dangerous because of how versatile chairs are and where they can be placed. Injuries can be permanent and long lasting, and you should not be expected to pay for the damages from the incident if you were hurt because of a company’s negligence. Our product liability lawyers
at the Downtown LA Law Group
can ensure that you are fairly paid if you are injured due to a broken chair
How do broken chair accidents happen?
It is possible for chairs to break in various ways. Some are made of wood and others are made of plastic; they can be held together with screws or they can be fastened together with slip-in
and locking parts
. It is important that the materials are not flimsy and that they are sturdy enough to support a lot of weight.
If a chair has a poor design, such as an overly wide set of legs, it can collapse in the middle and break. It may also have legs that are too skinny, which can make them break when pressure is applied. Other parts of the chair can also be designed poorly; we have included a few examples below:
- Wheel defects, such as poor sockets, stuck wheels, and more, that can get caught on carpets or slip out of the socket during use, leading to sudden imbalance
- Collapsed legs and seats
- Broken rears and backs, which may crack or break in half when the occupant leans backward
- Damaged arm rests that can snap and cause a fall
- Legs that are slanted, as on rocking chairs, that do not create a balance and can contribute to injuries and falls
Broken chairs can also include wheelchairs, stools, single couches, and more. It is important to understand the types of injuries that can happen from such incidents. You may be hurt in the following ways:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Closed head injuries
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Knee and hip injuries
- Disc damage
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If a chair breaks, you will likely not fall a great height unless it is placed somewhere precarious, such as near a balcony, deck ledge, or staircase. But these are poor decisions and the chairs should not be located in such areas. If you were injured regardless, it is important that you take legal action.
Who is responsible for a broken chair accident?
A chair can break for any number of reasons
. There may be loose screws holding it together or the material may not be high quality. There could also be the simple reason that the chair is older and the wear and tear over the years has weakened it. In such cases, you would not be able to take any legal action because you contributed to and caused the incident altogether.
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However, if you can show that the chair broke because of a defect, you can take legal action. You will be able to file a product liability lawsuit
against the company that manufactured the chair. In order to do this, you must be able to show one of these three points:
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- There was a design flaw with the chair that showed a problem in the conceptualization process, but it was never addressed
- There was a manufacturing error that caused the chair to be manufactured poorly with the wrong materials, or there was an error with the machinery that made the chair unstable during production
- There were no hazard signs or warning symbols on the chair or on the packaging it came in
Generally, there is no need for warning signs on any chairs, as they are simple-use. Many chairs are manufactured with bad materials and have screws that can fail or pieces that can easily break. It is a possibility as well that they were simply designed with a flaw.
Either way, you will be able to sue if you show one of the points as true. It can be hard to do so if you have no legal experience, which is why we recommend reaching out to an attorney. We will be able to prove that the company was negligent and sold broken or flawed items, and we will make sure they are held liable for your injuries. You will be able to sue the chair manufacturer, but seldom the distributor, unless the store was selling broken chairs with knowledge that they were defective.
What evidence do I need to sue because of a broken chair incident?
To file a lawsuit for a broken chair accident and the resulting injuries, you will need a fair amount of compensation illustrating the incident, the defect, and the injuries you suffered. You should always make sure to go to the doctor after an incident, and a broken chair accident is no problem.
While at the doctor, you should keep a record of the treatment you receive and hold on to the receipts and notes. You shouldn’t wait too long to go to the doctor, as your injuries may worsen over time. Moreover, if you take too long to visit the hospital and get treatment, the insurance agency representing the company may not believe that you were actually injured due to the chair breaking. The agent can claim that you were likely hurt elsewhere and you were simply conveniently blaming the broken chair.
You should then document the incident with any means you have, such as photos of the broken chair, pictures of your injury, and more. It will be beneficial to your claim to keep the chair and not throw it away, fix it, or return it to the store or manufacturer. It is crucial evidence.
Further, you should not tamper with the chair in any way. If you do, the company can claim that it was damaged by you before the incident, or that there is no surefire way to determine what the issue was or who caused it.
If there were any individuals who saw the chair break or who also had the chairs and suffered accidents, you can add their testimonies and statements to the claim. It will benefit you to have supporting perspectives and viewpoints.
Once you have acquired your evidence, you should call a broken chair accident attorney who can help you file your claim. You might not have any legal experience at all, and an attorney will be able to take care of the entire process while you recover from your damages.
What kind of Compensation can I receive from a broken chair accident?
You can earn a fair amount of compensation from a broken chair accident. If you were injured, he effects of the damages and impact they had on your life and career will largely influence the worth of your case. Our attorneys will negotiate with the insurance agent until we are satisfied with the resulting settlement. You may be able to win some of following forms of compensation:
- Medical bills for surgery, hospital treatment, ambulatory transportation, medication, physical therapy, future medical treatments, and more
- Property damage for reimbursement of the items that were damaged in the incident
- Lost income if you could not return to work due to injuries, as well as future wages if you are sidelined with additional damage or if you need to undergo further medical procedures
- Pain and suffering damages for emotional trauma, psychological anxiety, fear, PTSD, and more
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What is the statute of limitations for a broken chair accident lawsuit?
In California, there is a 2-year statute of limitations on filing product liability lawsuits
. If you fail to sue within that time period, your claim will not be relevant and you will be unable to collect compensation in the future. You should take legal action quickly so all your evidence remains intact and so you are at risk of losing too much proof. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your evidence will get corrupted and that eyewitnesses will forget key details.
There are a few ways that the statute f limitations can be extended beyond the 2-year deadline. This is common in situations where the victim is under the age of 18 years old, as the statute will then be suspended until he turns 18 years old. It is also possible when the victim is left incapacitated and when the defendant has left the state. When the situation returns to normalcy (functionality of the individual and presence of the defendant in California) the statute will resume.
Don’t risk missing out on your claim because you do not know or remember the statute of limitations. Contact our product liability lawyers to help you sue for a broken chair accident today.
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has a host of attorneys who have ample experience in product liability claims. We will do all we can to secure you a fair settlement, and if we have to go to court for your case, we are willing to defend your rights in front of a judge and jury. Our aggressive lawyers have a history of success and their track record proves it.
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