Most of California has a Mediterranean climate, meaning that residents and visitors can sit out and enjoy the sun for much of the year. That’s why so many properties in California have a pool, though you can also visit one of 420 public beaches throughout the state. At these places, you typically find areas set up with collapsible pool chairs, or ones that are stationary if they’re located inside a cabana. Many people also buy foldable beach chairs, which are available at countless online and brick-and-mortar stores.
These chairs should be a source of rest and relaxation, but they can also be the cause of injuries if they collapse or break due to a mechanical or design flaw. If you were injured by falling off a defective cabana or swimming pool chair, compensation may be owed to you by the manufacturer / distributor, and maybe a home or business owner if your accident occurred on someone else’s property. However, it can be very challenging to prove exactly who is responsible for your accident and fight for the compensation you deserve.
For more information on your right to file a collapsing chair injury lawsuit, contact the product liability lawsuit attorneys of DTLA Law Group.
Who is Liable if I’m Injured from a Collapsing Pool Chair?
If you are injured from a pool chair defect that was caused during the manufacturing process, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. In some cases, the defect resulting in injury to a consumer was caused by another entity, such as the product designer, marketer, or distributor. These entities can also be sued for accidents that are caused by a faulty product.
Suing the property owner is another option that may apply to your situation. You often find pool and cabana chairs in hotels, beach clubs, and apartment buildings with pools. These places have a duty of care to guests and visitors under the law of premises liability. Under this law, owners and/or managers of a property have to maintain the premises and take reasonable care to minimize the possibility of an accident. Thus, owners must repair or replace any faulty chairs or pay attention to product recalls for items on their property, which include swimming pool and cabana chairs.
We mention all this to illustrate the possibilities that may be available to you as someone who was injured from a broken beach or patio chair. If you have any questions about your right to a defective product injury lawsuit, contact our office today.
Injuries Caused by Unsafe Pool Chairs
Most pool chairs are very simple in design, as they’re usually made of canvas and a light metal or wooden frame. That’s why product makers have to invest extra time and attention in the manufacturing of these items. Failure to exercise caution can lead to accidents if the chair breaks or collapses while someone is in the seat. People can also be injured if there is a problem with the joints that allow the chair to fold and unfold. This is more of a problem with portable beach chairs, but even stationary cabana chairs have a chance of collapsing if there are issues with the material, hardware, or other aspects of the product.
Below is a list of the most common injuries you can sustain from a cabana or pool chair collapse:
Family Dollar Beach Chair Recall
- Cuts, bruises, and scratches
- Broken facial bones
- Dental damage, such as broken or lost teeth
- Fractured tailbone
- Joint dislocation
- Neck and back injuries
- Concussion and other forms of head trauma
- Tearing of soft tissues – ligaments, muscles, and tendons
- Permanent scars
- Hip or pelvic fracture
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain in the arms and legs
On January 26, 2022, Family Dollar recalled around 38,300 beach loungers that were sold between January 2019 and September 2021. The product can be identified by a sewn-in label that reads “Distributed by Midwoods Brands LLC” on one side and “Outdoors by Design” on the other side.
These chairs are made from blue or red woven fabric and metal bars with joints that allow you to fold and transport the item. Unfortunately, the chairs are structurally unsound, which can cause them to collapse. Aside from cabana chair collapse accidents, people may get their fingers caught in the metal folding joints.
If you have been injured by one of these chairs, contact us immediately to learn about your rights. Family Dollar is offering a refund of the purchase price for the chair, but this is not sufficient remedy if you are dealing with medical bills, lost wages, and other monetary losses. We can help you explore your available legal options, including a product liability lawsuit against Family Dollar.
Average Value of a Defective Cabana Chair Injury Claim
Questions about case value come up at just about every consultation here at our law firm, and we empathize with the need to have a sense of what your lawsuit is worth. But coming up with an average case value is impossible, as each victim is left with different losses after a defective product incident. How badly you are injured is the most important factor, and claims involving serious injuries may be worth around $250,000 to $3,000,000 and above. If the damage you suffered from a collapsing beach chair accident is relatively minor, you may end up with $50,000 or less.
What is the Estimated Wait Time to Settle my Case?
It’s difficult to provide an answer to this question, as there are many factors that affect the total amount of time to settle a product accident injury claim. We aim to reach a settlement on behalf of clients within 6 months, but cases involving negligence by a product manufacturer are quite challenging to prove. As a result, these cases often take anywhere from 6 to 18 months from start to finish. The process may be longer if we need to take your case to trial, though this is rare, as most product manufacturers want to avoid court hearings, which are expensive and time-consuming.
Statute of Limitations for a Product Liability Case
Except in rare circumstances, lawsuits for a defective product must be filed within 2 years from the date of the accident. If you fail to meet this deadline, it’s unlikely that the courts will allow you to proceed with a broken pool chair injury case. You also have to keep in mind that it can take considerable time to prepare a lawsuit, especially if you have serious injuries with long-term complications. To ensure that you can receive justice as soon as possible, give us a call to initiate a claim with a product defect injury lawyer.
Contact DTLA Law Group
If you are in need of legal advice for a defective product injury claim, our lawyers are here for you 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our law firm is dedicated to the rights of accident victims, including those with pending accident claims against a product manufacturer. Along with free case evaluations, we offer second opinions to anyone that has questions or concerns about their case.
You won’t be charged up front if you decide to hire us after a free initial consultation or free second opinion. Our settlement demands include the cost of representing you, so we get paid at the same time you receive compensation from a defective swimming pool resting chair injury claim. And if we don’t win your case, our Zero Fee Guarantee means that you will never be responsible for any legal fees.
Our defective product accident lawyers are waiting to speak with you, so contact us right away to discuss your rights and legal options.