A Guide To Making A Broken Chair Injuries Compensation Claim

By Stephen Kane. Last Updated 12th March 2024. In this guide, we take a comprehensive look at broken chair accident claims. We consider compensation payouts, the types of injuries you can claim for, and how we can connect you with our panel of personal injury solicitors.

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  1. Can I Make A Broken Chair Injuries Compensation Claim?
  2. Compensation Payouts In Broken Chair Accident Claims
  3. What Evidence Will Help Me Prove My Broken Chair Injuries Compensation Claim?
  4. Types Of Injuries Caused By Broken Chairs
  5. Potential Causes Of Broken Chair Accidents
  6. Make A Broken Chair Injuries Compensation Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  7. Learn More About Personal Injury Claims

Can I Make A Broken Chair Injuries Compensation Claim?

There are different situations in daily life where you could suffer injuries in a broken chair accident. These include while at work and in public areas, such as a restaurant.

If you have suffered an injury due to a broken chair and would like to make a personal injury claim, you must meet the eligibility criteria. This is:

  • You must be able to prove that you were owed a duty of care.
  • This duty was breached.
  • The breach caused your injuries.

The duty of care you are owed while at work is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). It states your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees while they are working. If you suffered an injury due to your employer breaching this duty of care, you could be eligible to make an accident at work claim.

The duty of care for those in control of public spaces is set by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Per their duty, they must take steps to ensure your reasonable safety while you are using that space for its intended purpose. For example, if you were in a restaurant and you suffered an injury due to a faulty chair, and the owner of the restaurant was aware that the chair was faulty and still let you use it, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

Please contact one of the advisors from our team if you have any questions about broken chair accident claims.

Time Limits In Broken Chair Accident Claims

You must file your claim within the personal injury claims time limit if you would like to seek compensation for injuries involving a broken office chair. The Limitation Act 1980 sets this as generally three years from the date of the accident.

However, there are some exceptions to this limitation period. These include:

  • Those without the mental capacity to handle their own broken chair claim. The time limit is suspended for as long as they lack this capacity. However, the court may appoint a litigation friend to bring forward a claim for the injured party at any point during this time. Should the injured party recover the capacity necessary to make a personal injury claim, they will have 3 years from the date they regained this capacity to launch one if a litigation friend hasn’t acted already.
  • Children below the age of 18. In these cases, there is a pause to the time limit lasting until the injured party reaches their 18th birthday. A litigation friend can file a claim for them before this date. However, if the injured party turns 18 without legal proceedings having been started, they will have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday to bring forward a personal injury claim.

If you would like to know if you are within the time limit to start a claim, speak to one of the advisors from our team.

Compensation Payouts In Broken Chair Accident Claims

If your personal injury claim is successful, your settlement may consist of two heads of claim: general and special damages.

Under general damages, you are compensated for your pain and mental suffering caused by the injuries you experienced in the broken chair accident. Those responsible for valuing this part of your claim can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for guidance. This text provides guideline compensation brackets for various types of injuries.

In our table below, we’ve provided a few figures that could be relevant to broken chair accident claims from the 16th edition of the JCG. It is only to be used as guidance. Also note that the first entry in the table is an estimated figure that is not based on the JCG.

InjurySeverityNotesCompensation Bracket
Multiple serious injuries plus special damagesSerious/SevereThis includes compensation for the claimant's mental and physical pain and suffering plus any financial losses they incurred as a result of these injuries.Up to £500,000+
BackSevere (i)The claimant has the most severe back injury with a combination of very serious consequences due to damage to their spinal cord and nerve roots.£91,090 to £160,980
NeckSevere (i)This bracket includes neck injuries associated with incomplete paraplegia or causing permanent spastic quadriparesis.In the region of £148,330
Neck Severe (ii)Injuries in this bracket cause considerably severe disabilities and usually involve serious fractures or damage to the cervical spine.£65,740 to £130,930
ArmSevereIn this bracket, the injury is extremely serious and leaves the claimant little better off than if the arm had been amputated.£96,160 to £130,930
AnkleVery SevereThe claimant has suffered an unusual injury that may result in a future below-the-knee amputation if they suffer a further injury.£50,060 to £69,700
AnkleSevereThese ankle injuries require an extensive period of treatment and/or in plaster and result in significant residual disability.£31,310 to £50,060
ShoulderSevereThese shoulder injuries result in significant disability from brachial plexus damage.£19,200 to £48,030
Pelvis and HipsModerate (i)Significant hip or pelvis injury but there is no major permanent disability and the future risk id not great.£26,590 to £39,170

In addition to general damages, you might be able to recover special damages as part of your claim. These compensate you for any expenses incurred due to your injuries. You’ll need to submit evidence of your expenses, such as receipts and wage slips.

If you have any questions about how compensation is awarded in broken chair accident claims, please contact one of the advisors from our team. In addition to answering your questions and providing you with free advice about claiming, they can give you a personalised claim valuation.

What Evidence Will Help Me Prove My Broken Chair Injuries Compensation Claim?

Collecting evidence is an important step in the personal injury claims process. This is because evidence can illustrate who is responsible for your injuries, how they occurred, and how severe they are. Evidence for your claim for a broken chair accident may include the following:

  • Medical records that confirm your injuries and the treatment you’ve received for them.
  • Any video footage available, such as CCTV footage, that shows the accident and how it happened.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and your injuries.
  • Contact details of any witnesses who can provide a statement at a later date.
  • If your broken chair accident happened at work, then a copy of the report from your work accident book could also be used as evidence.

A solicitor could assist you with gathering evidence if you choose to be supported by one. For more advice on preparing for a personal injury claim following an accident involving a broken chair, please contact our advisors for free today.

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Types Of Injuries Caused By Broken Chairs

You may be asking, “What injuries could occur if a chair broke under me?” This type of chair accident or other types could potentially cause one or multiple injuries to different areas of the body. Examples may include:

  • Various back injuries, such as a spinal injury or herniated disc.
  • A head injury such as a concussion or damage to the brain in a severe broken chair accident.
  • A fracture in an arm, leg or another part of the body.
  • Cuts and/or bruises.

If you suffered injuries in a chair accident caused by another party breaching their duty of care, you can contact our advisors for free to determine whether you could claim.

Potential Causes Of Broken Chair Accidents

There are many ways that chair accidents can happen. However, there are a number of causes that are more frequently encountered than others, for example:

  • The chair broke due to disrepair
  • The chair tipped backwards.
  • The chair collapsed
  • The chair fell from the edge of a raised seating area.
  • The chair had a broken leg,

No matter the cause of your chair-related injury, if another party was even partially to blame, we could be able to assist with your claim.

Child holding her head in pain following a broken chair accident

Make A Broken Chair Injuries Compensation Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you were injured due to a broken chair, one of the solicitors from our panel could help you make a claim, provided you have an eligible case. They can support broken chair accident claims under a type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Under a CFA, you won’t have to pay an upfront fee or ongoing fees for your solicitor’s services. Also, you won’t have to pay your solicitor for their work if your claim goes ahead but fails.

If your claim is successful, then your solicitor will take what’s called a success fee. This is usually a small percentage of the broken chair accident compensation awarded to you. However, this percentage is capped by law.

To get your claim reviewed and to see whether one of the No Win No Fee solicitors on our panel can help, contact our advisors for free today. To get in touch you can:

Learn More About Personal Injury Claims

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