Disgruntled customers who suffered serious burns from Land of Leather sofas are recommencing their personal injury compensation battle. The so called ‘toxic sofas’ were imported by the now bankrupt company from China back in 2006/2007. Over 350 customers who bought these sofas blame them for severe skin blistering and rashes that they have suffered.
The sofas were sprayed with an anti-mould chemical on top of the leather upholstery during the manufacturing process. It is this chemical that is reportedly responsible for the toxic burns. More than 2000 other victims, who bought similar sofas from different high street stores are awaiting the outcome of the case in regards to their own compensation claim.
It is reported that if successful the compensation bill which is being debated in the High Court could award the claimants with around £20 million pounds between them. It is the largest group personal injury compensation case brought by consumers in the legal history of the UK.
Zurich Insurance who insured the now defunct Land of Leather denies responsibility for the scandal. The insurance firm insists that the sofa company breached the term and conditions of its policy with them and hence are refusing any responsibility for the payout.