Broken Chair Accident Claims United States

Welcome to our broken chair accident claims guide. Below, we explain what falling off chair injuries someone could suffer from a chair breaking, and why broken office chairs could lead to a personal injury claim. We also explain how a broken chair accident could lead to a claim, and how we could help with personal injury claims of this type.


Broken chair accidents can cause many injuries. Accidents involving a broken chair can happen in many different ways too. Perhaps you’ve been injured falling off a chair that was damaged, or been cut by pieces of a broken chair when it collapsed. You could be eligible to make faulty chair claims if someone else’s negligence caused your injury from a fall from a chair.

How You Claim This

This guide explains what you may need to know when claiming broken chair injury settlements. We offer guidance on office chair accidents, whether it’s a broken computer chair or another collapsed chair. We also answer FAQs, including ‘Should my employer replace a broken chair?’ and ‘Who is responsible for accidents from a broken office chair?’

Our top tips for claiming for a broken gaming chair or an office chair that has broken and caused injury could mean you have the best chance of making a successful claim. Plus, we explain what affects compensation caused by a broken or collapsed chair.

Office chair accidents – could you claim?

Chairs are all around us and we use them unthinkingly every single day of our lives. But poorly maintained, broken and damaged chairs can cause lasting damage if you’re the victim of an accident involving one. Chairs can also cause long-term damage if they are not ergonomically suited to you. Injuries from faulty or improperly adjusted chairs can also be claimed for in broken chair compensation claims.

We have over 30 years of experience in managing compensation claims – including broken chair accident claims. We can help you with your broken chair lawsuit so keep reading:

Definition of a broken chair injury

Any injury directly caused by a faulty chair could be a broken chair injury. Most often this would involve some sort of fall from the chair but office chair injuries could include cuts from sharp edges.

Broken chair accident claimsLong-term damage to your back and neck from sitting in faulty chairs are also included. This could potentially include scenarios where you have been provided with a functional but inadequate chair that causes you to sit with poor posture, hence damaging yourself.

A broken chair injury could lead to broken chair accident claims if you could prove someone else was at fault that had a duty of care towards you. You could make a broken chair injury claim against a school, employer, or another liable party.

Injury from broken chairs – is it your own fault?

Most chair accidents aren’t your fault. You expect that a chair will bear your weight when you lower yourself onto it. You don’t expect that it will strain your back or even injure you. And you expect that if it is known to have a fault, for example, if it is the subject of a recall that it will be removed from use immediately.

If you’ve been involved in chair accidents resulting in injury – either instantly or chronically – that wasn’t your fault you are entitled to be compensated. After all your recovery period may well put you out of pocket with extra hospital visits or lost hours of work. Making broken chair accident claims could help you recoup the expenses this causes.

What To Do If You’re Hurt By A Chair That Is Broken

Not every fall from a chair could lead to compensation. To claim for injuries caused by a damaged chair, you’d need to evidence:

  1. Someone had a duty of care towards you; this could be the party in control of a public space or an employer, for example. 
  2. They breached the duty of care they owed you.
  3. The breach of their duty of care caused you to sustain harm. This is known as negligence.

If you have been hurt by a broken chair and believe it was caused by negligence, you could take the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention: If you have suffered any injuries, it could be wise to seek prompt medical attention. This will ensure that your injuries are treated and documented should you wish to claim compensation.
  • Gather evidence: Take photographs of the broken chair and any injuries you sustained. Also, try to get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the incident.
  • Seek legal advice: If you have suffered significant injuries as a result of the broken chair, you may be entitled to compensation. If you call our helpline, one of our advisors could help to determine where you stand in terms of claiming compensation for your injuries. 

How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Broken Chair Accident?

If you want to make a claim for injuries sustained in a broken chair accident and you’re eligible to do so, we should point out that a time limit applies. Broken chair accident claims, just like most other personal injury claims, are subject to a limitation period. This is outlined under the Limitation Act 1980.

Generally, the time limit to start a claim is three years from the date of the accident, or the date you became aware of negligence.

However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, if a child was injured by a broken chair at school, they could not make their own claim until they turned 18. If this happened to your child, you could apply to be a litigation friend. If successful, you could make a broken chair accident claim on their behalf. You could have up until they turn 18 to do so. Alternatively, if no claim was made for them before they turned 18, they could make their own claim once they reach adulthood. They would usually have 3 years from the date they turned 18 to launch their claim. 

If you would like to talk to us about the time limits applicable to broken chair accident claims, please call us. We’d be happy to discuss how long you could have before your claim reaches the personal injury claims time limit.

Tips On Making A Claim If Injured By A Broken Chair

If you feel you would like to start making a claim for compensation – regardless of the type of broken chair accident claims that you intend to pursue – then your first port of call should be to talk to a member of our team.

We offer a free consultation where we can answer any questions you may have about the process, and can provide tips on making a claim if you were injured by a broken chair. We aim to remove all obstacles from your path by offering our services on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. That means you don’t pay us anything. Whether you have had an office chair accident at work or chair tipping injuries have been sustained in a restaurant or sports stadium, we can help.

If you’re still not sure if you have a claim following an injury from broken chairs, why not browse through our list of common types of claim below?

Common faulty chair claims

Although there are many different types of incident involving broken computer chairs there are a few injuries that crop up time and time again.

  • A head injury caused by hitting your head when you fall. These can be severe as you typically aren’t expecting the fall and take no measures to protect yourself. There may also be
  • Broken limbs can also be severe, again as the fall is unexpected. You may not be aware that you have broken a bone until you are examined by a doctor.
  • Cuts and lacerations caused by sharp edges, either exposed as the chair failed or present because the chair was already damaged.
  • Bruises are perhaps the most common result of a fall from a chair as well as soft tissue injuries.
  • Back damage can be caused by falling awkwardly onto your spine or, over a longer period of time, it can be caused by poorly adjusted or faulty chairs forcing you into poor posture.

If you suffer any type of injury due to a broken office chair, why not contact us to see if you could claim. We could help you fight for the maximum compensation for your case.

Broken Chair Accidents In Public Places

Broken chair accidents could happen in public places too. Examples could include in supermarkets, shops, hotels, and libraries. You could potentially make a personal injury claim if you could prove your injuries from a broken chair accident were caused by negligence.

Whether you’ve suffered an injury from a broken chair in a public library, school, restaurant or hotel, the occupier responsible for the premises could potentially be held liable for your injuries. They have a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 to take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of visitors to the premises.

For example, if an occupier is aware that there is a broken chair on their premises, they should remove it or mark it with a warning not to use it. Should they fail to do this, they could be held liable for injuries suffered due to the broken chair. 

If you would like us to check your eligibility to make a personal injury claim, please call our team. We’d be happy to assist you in working out who could be held liable if you’ve suffered injuries due to a broken chair in a public place. 

Public transport and faulty seats

When you take a ride, whether; by train, bus, tram or any other form of public transportation, you expect to arrive in one piece. There are many reasons why a seat could be broken, ranging from insufficient safety checks to recent vandalism.

Whatever the reason you shouldn’t be taking the consequences. If you’ve had an accident involving broken chairs or seats, either while waiting or while onboard, you can claim compensation.

Chair accident injuries while going out

Going for a meal in a restaurant is supposed to be a relaxing experience. But if your ends with you falling off your chair onto the floor then the restaurant or cafe owner has failed in their duty to protect members of the public using their facilities.

Other entertainment venues – such as pubs, clubs, cinemas, theatres etc – also need to ensure that the seating they provide is safe and fit for use.

Regardless of where your accident occurred, you can speak to a member of our team today to see how we can help.

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