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Hundreds of people suffer skin complaints from defective sofas


Fentons Solicitors now act for a significant number of clients who have been injured by defective leather sofas. The Sofas are all manufactured by a Chinese company called Linkwise but in the UK they have been sold by Argos, Land of Leather, and Walmseys (and also some smaller retailers) from 2006 onwards. Towards the end of 2007 it was discovered that these sofa’s were potentially causing severe skin allergy reactions.

At present in excess of 700 people are pursuing a legal action but it is estimated that there may be a further 1400 people affected that have not yet reported their sofa injuries.

As seen on Watchdog, the problem appears to have been narrowed down to the bags of fungicide within the sofas. Argos have withdrawn their affected ’Pia’ and ’Bari’ ranges but other retailers have continued to sell the sofas in question.

Often symptoms do not appear for several weeks and the victims are at a loss to explain what could have caused them. Symptoms include itchy, blistered skin and often the victims are in such extreme discomfort as to warrant hospital treatment. A common issue is that often the people suffering the skin problems have not had the cause of their problem successfully identified until seeking specialist help from a dermatologist.

If you or a member of your family have purchased a Sofa and have any suffered injury or discomfort that you feel could be as a result of the sofa, or have experienced problems when using these sofas when visiting a friend or relatives home, Fentons Solicitors are able to help with your sofa injury compensation.

How can Fentons help?

The companies may be happy to replace your sofa if it is affected, but you will need specialist legal help if you want to claim compensation. Fentons have an experienced Defective Product department. Our Solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with this difficult area.

Notes to editors

Fentons Solicitors LLP

Fentons are a national specialist Personal Injury firm. Fentons helps many thousands of Claimant’s to recover proper compensation each year.

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