The sofa contamination problem
Many of you may have bought a contaminated or toxic sofa causing problems
such as itching, rashes, lesions and other skin complaints.
A number of retailers, including Land of Leather, Argos, Homebase and Walmsley's Furnishing, have sold sofas
treated with toxic chemicals which cause skin irritations. Many of the contaminated sofas have been treated with the anti-mould agent Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF).
It is believed that the Dimethyl Fumarate crystals transform into toxic gas, particularly when exposed to heat. This can then pass through clothes, causing health problems. The chemical can cause severe skin reactions eg blisters, burns and in some cases breathing difficulties.
Our solicitors can help you to recover compensation for the discomfort and inconvenience you
Current situation regarding sofa contamination compensation
It is expected that claimant's may begin to receive compensation following a recent hearing at the High Court. Currently, there is debate as to whether Land of Leather insurer's Zurich will pay out compensation for all claims, this is an unexpected development and they have been asked to clarify their position as soon as possible. Currently they are disputing claims relating to Linkwise. Lawyers are expected to meet in June to try and resolve issues, if this cannot be achieved then a further hearing will be scheduled for July.
Symptoms caused by toxic sofas
Complaints include varying degrees of:
- breathing difficulties, and
The retailers in question have indicated that they have tried to contact all affected
customers, however, they may not have succeeded. On some occasions, Argos has told
customers experiencing skin problems that their sofa is not contaminated.
What you can do:
- Visit your doctor to get your symptoms checked out. Your doctor
can tell you what steps you can take to alleviate your condition
- Get rid of the sofa. Some retailers have indicated that they will
replace contaminated sofas. Arrange for pick up of the sofa immediately and, if
they cannot exchange it there and then, get them to lend one to you
- Think about compensation for your symptoms. The level of compensation
will depend on the severity of your symptoms
- Take photographs of visible symptoms as this will help you to substantiate your
Contaminated sofa compensation
You should give serious consideration to getting help from experienced solicitors
if you possess a contaminated sofa. We can make a claim for compensation
on your behalf and can properly advise you on
the appropriate level of compensation.
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