Stop what you are doing and take a second to look around. Regardless of where you are currently at – home, workplace, hospital, or even outdoors – you are most likely surrounded by some type of furniture. Bookcases, chairs, sofa, dressers, bed, bar stools, desk, wardrobes, or other pieces of furniture.
More than 2 million Americans get injured due to dangerous or defective furniture every year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). However, that number may be much higher because many injuries caused by dangerous or defective furniture are never reported or treated in hospitals.
Which pieces of furniture are dangerous or defective?
“Although most pieces of furniture are not dangerous – unless the manufacturer made it inherently unsafe by design or you bought a defective piece of furniture – they can actually cause your injury when used improperly or not as it was intended,” says a Philadelphia dangerous and defective furniture attorney at Dan Doyle Law Group.
The most common types of injuries associated with hazardous or defective furniture include but are not limited to:
- Broken bones, head injuries and foot injuries due to furniture falling, breaking, or collapsing
- Cuts, punctured wounds, and lacerations from sharp edges
- Infections from cuts on rusted metal pieces
- Injuries to legs and arms
- Internal organ injuries and
The following pieces of furniture can be dangerous or defective and lead to serious injury: beds, bunk beds, chairs, bar stools, counter tops, TV stands, tables, desks, wardrobes, patio or outdoor furniture, dressers, sofas, bathroom appliances, cabinets, and many others.
Seeking compensation for injury caused by hazardous and defective furniture
Seeking compensation for injuries and damages caused by hazardous furniture or furniture with defects should be done with an experienced defective product attorney by your side, because major manufacturing companies and property owners will do whatever it takes to deny your claim or pay you as little as possible. Get the compensation you truly deserve by hiring a skilled product liability lawyer from Dan Doyle Law Group.
Depending on whether you sustained an injury caused by dangerous or defective furniture at home or on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover damages either through a product liability lawsuit or premises liability lawsuit.
Product liability vs. premises liability when suing for furniture defects
If you were injured at home, you may be entitled to monetary compensation by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturing company, retailer, distributor, seller, and those who installed or assembled the furniture before you were able to use it. Generally, you will have to prove that the furniture that caused your injury (a) had a manufacturing defect, (b) was inherently dangerous by design, or (c) the manufacturer failed to provide adequate instructions on assembling or warnings in order to get compensated.
More often than not, you will need to consult with a Philadelphia hazardous or defective furniture lawyer to determine liability and the type of defect (manufacturing, design, or warning) responsible for your injury. If you were injured on someone else’s property or public property, you will most likely be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the owner of that property if you can prove that the owner failed to take all reasonable measures to make the property safe for people lawfully on that property. That duty of care extends to maintenance and inspection of the furniture that can be used by customers or visitors on the property.
Contact our defective furniture liability lawyers on Dan Doyle Law Group to schedule a free consultation today. Call our offices to discuss your case.