Broken Chair Accident Claims | No Win No Fee
By Danielle Jordan. Last Updated 21st September 2023. Welcome to our guide on broken chair accident claims. A chair seems harmless on the surface, but accidents can easily arise if the chair you sit on is broken. This not only relates to chairs that break and leave you injured on the floor, but also to chairs that are not set up properly and cause lasting damage that occurs over time. No matter what type of chair accident it is, if it’s not your fault, you will be able to claim compensation.
We have many years of experience in broken chair accident claims and can help you to get the maximum payout you are entitled to. For more information about claims for damaged chairs injuries after duty of care breaches, please read on.
This guide informs you on many aspects of faulty chair claims including in what instances you may be able to claim and the amount of compensation you may be able to receive.
You can also get in touch with us at any time to speak directly to an expert advisor.
Select a section:
- What To Do If You’re Injured In A Broken Chair Accident
- How To Begin A Broken Chair Claim
- What Can Be Claimed For Through A Broken Chair Injury Claim?
- How Much Compensation Will I Get After A Broken Chair Injury?
- Faulty Chair Claims With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
No matter whether your chair broke in a restaurant or you have sustained a back injury due to sitting on a faulty chair at work, you need to prioritise your health.
The first thing you should always do is see a medical professional, irrespective of how minor your injuries may seem at first. Some injuries can seem minor at first, but they can often get worse over time if they are not treated properly. Plus, not only is seeing a doctor vital for your health, but it can help to strengthen your claim too. This is because the medical professional you visit will put together a report, which will be used to determine how much compensation you will receive for your broken chair accident claims.
Aside from this, it is a good idea to make a note of everything that occurred so that you do not forget anything important later down the line. You should also take photographs of the chair, as well as your injuries if they are visible. Getting the contact information of the liable party as well as any witnesses are advised. Witness statements can really help to strengthen broken chair injury claims, ensuring you get the maximum compensation payout.
Receiving broken chair injury settlements, as with any personal injury settlement, revolves around proving that your injury was caused by third-party negligence. Therefore, to receive compensation due to falling from a broken chair, you need to show that a third party had a duty of care to you and their actions that led to your injury breached this duty.
If you have suffered an injury due to a broken office chair, you will need to prove that your injuries were caused by a relevant third party breaching their duty of care to be eligible to make a personal injury claim. A breach of a duty of care that results in injury is known as negligence.
There are various situations where you are owed a duty of care. These include at work and in public spaces, including public transport. If you can prove that negligence took place, you may be entitled to compensation. Later in this guide, we will discuss the duty of care you are owed in various incidents in more detail.
If you have a valid case, you must also ensure that you start the claiming process within the personal injury claims time limit. This is typically 3 years from the date of the accident, as set by the Limitation Act 1980. However, there are certain exceptions to this limitation period.
Our advisors can inform you of what the expectations of this 3-year time limit are. They can also answer any questions you have about broken chair injury settlements. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with free advice.
Evidence That Can Support A Broken Chair Injury Claim
When making a personal injury claim following an accident involving a broken chair, it is vital that you obtain sufficient evidence. This evidence will need to prove both liability and the injuries you suffered.
Here are a few examples of evidence that might be helpful:
- Footage of the accident, such as from CCTV or a mobile phone.
- Photographs of the chair that caused your injuries, and/or pictures of your injuries (if they are visible).
- Contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident so they can give a statement later into the personal injury claims process.
- A copy of any medical letters from hospitals or your GP with details of the injury, including its nature and the treatment you needed.
If you would like free advice about what evidence you could submit to support your case for a chair injury, please contact an advisor from our team.
When making claims for chair accidents, you can claim for the following:
- General damages – This relates to the payout you will receive for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
- Special damages – This element of your compensation aims to reimburse you for specific financial costs relating to your accident or injury. This could include some of the following:
- Medical expenses – Such as treatments not covered by the NHS.
- Loss of earnings – You can receive compensation for loss of expected earnings as well.
- Travel expenses – If you have needed to pay out of pocket for public transport, for example, due to being unable to drive, you could potentially claim these costs back.
- Care claim – If you have required paid assistance around the house while you recover, you will be able to file a care claim to recover the cost.
One question we often hear is: how much broken chair compensation will I receive? It is understandable that you would want to know the answer to this when weighing up the prospect of a broken chair lawsuit. Unfortunately, it is impossible to provide you with a definitive figure regarding how much compensation you will receive. This is because every case is different and there are many variables.
You may have come across a slip and fall compensation calculator or any other type of compensation calculator online, but such tools only provide you with an estimate. There is no way to get a precise figure. However, what we can do is provide you with the bracket compensation figures from the Judicial College Guidelines for common injuries due to broken chairs. You will find this information in the table below.
However, please remember that the figures below only provide you with an idea of what you could receive for a broken chair injury. This is because every claim is unique and so the compensation you receive could be different to what you see below. If you cannot find the injury you are suffering from, there is no need to panic. Simply call us and we can explain further about your broken chair accident claims.
|Reason for compensation||Typical compensation amount||Comments|
|Moderate Brain Damage (iii)||£43,060 to £90,720||The amount of compensation paid for these types of injuries depends on factors such as the amount of intellectual deficit suffered, how speech, sight and senses are affected and to what degree the injured person is able to work.|
|Minor Brain or Head injury||£2,210 to £12,770||The level of award is based on a number of factors, including the absence of presence of headaches, the extent of continuing symptoms, the period taken to recover from any symptoms, and the severity of the initial injury.|
|Severe back injuries (iii)||£38,780 to £69,730||At the lower end of the spectrum are cases of disc fractures or disc lesions, as well as soft tissue injuries, which lead to chronic treatment. Despite treatment, there will be continual pain, as well as other symptoms. This can include arthritis risk, un-employability, alcoholism, personality change, depression, impaired sexual function, impaired agility, and continual discomfort and pain. At the highest end of the scale, are the most severe injuries, which involve damage to nerve roots and the spinal cord. The consequences will be extremely serious.|
|Moderate back injuries (ii)||£12,510 to £27,760||At the higher end of the bracket, the payout is for cases whereby there is residual disability, yet it is not as severe as above. At the lower end of the payout bracket, most injuries involve ligament or muscle disturbance, which leads to soft tissue injuries and backache of a prolonged nature.|
|Minor back injuries (iv)||Up to £2,450||This bracket is for injuries whereby a full recovery is made within a few months.|
|Serious Foot Injuries||£24,990 to £39,200||Symptoms in this injury will include continuing pain from traumatic arthritis or potential risk of arthritis in the future, treatment that is prolonged with the added risk of fusion surgery.|
|Moderate Foot Injuries||£13,740 to £24,990||Permanent deformity and continuous symptoms could be experienced through displaced metatarsal fractures. There is also the risk of future surgery being needed.|
|Less severe arm injuries||£19,200 to £39,170||This relates to injuries whereby there are significant disabilities, of which a substantial degree of recovery is expected or has taken place.|
|Simple fractures of the forearm||£6,610 to £19,200||The claimant suffers one or more arm forearm fracture(s) that are simple in nature.|
|Less serious leg injuries||Up to £27,760||This category ranges from simple fibula and tibia fractures to fractures whereby an incomplete recovery is made.|
One of the main features of our service is the fact that all of the broken chair injury claims we launch are done so on a No Win No Fee basis. What does this mean? In basic terms, you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is successful. If for some reason, we do not manage to secure compensation for you, you won’t need to pay us a penny.
What this means is that anyone can make a personal injury claim, irrespective of their financial situation. This is something we are very passionate about, as we believe all people should receive compensation for their hardship. It should not be something that is only open to those with money in the bank.
By opting for the service we provide, you can be sure that you are never going to find yourself in the dreaded position whereby you have a huge legal bill to fund yet you do not have any compensation to cover it. Our No Win No Fee service, therefore, gives you the peace of mind that we will only take on your case if we believe it has a genuine chance of success. We won’t waste your time.
On the other hand, if you were to opt for a solicitor that charges by the hour, there is always the risk that they are merely taking on your case in order to take your money. After all, win or lose, a solicitor that charges per hour is going to receive the same payday regardless. But we strive to protect the client’s financial interests when filing the likes of broken chair accident claims.
If you would like to know more about how No Win No Fee agreements could work for you, contact us today:
The Government’s Health and Safety Executive website provides advice on seating at work. This includes information on everything from selecting chair models to conducting risk assessments.
If you have an accident in a restaurant such as a broken chair accident, contact us today.
Other Guides You May Find Helpful
- You can check out our guides to burn injury claims and how much they can be worth.
- If you are looking to claim for a slip, trip or fall with a solicitor, you can read our guide about that here.
- For advice on claiming for a soft tissue injury, you can read our guide on the matter here.
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