A chair has one job. To keep you off the ground.
Every day we sit in chairs, and we don't think much of it. We don't consider chairs to be particularly dangerous. Because most chairs do what they're supposed to do: they keep you off the ground.
But not all chairs are created equal. A defective chair can be very dangerous, and if you have a chair injury, besides feeling betrayed, you may also have spinal injuries, broken bones, a concussion, or even a traumatic brain injury.
Maybe you found this page by searching "fall off chair" or "chair broke," and whether you were injured when the chair broke you were sitting on your you fell off the chair, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
If a chair is designed or manufactured with a defect, then everyone in the chain of distribution is responsible for your chair injury, including the designer, manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler, and retailer, because each of them made money off of the defective chair.
Different chairs serve different purposes. For example, a chair you use at home when seated at your computer does not need to be as robust as a chair placed for use at the computer at the public library. That's because your chair only holds you, probably infrequently, whereas the chair at a public library holds different people of all shapes, sizes, and types, all day long. So the chair made available to the public needs to be stronger.
Designers and manufacturers of chairs typically run their chairs through rigorous tests and assign the chairs weight ratings. The warning on the bottom of a given chair may say "not suitable for use by persons weighing more than 225 lbs." If a public library, for example, chooses to use a chair with such weight limits, they should make their patrons aware of the limits and provide seating for their heavier guests. (Better yet, don't use these chairs.) If they don't make the guests aware of these limits, but make the chairs available for public use, and someone exceeding the weight limit falls off the chair because the chair breaks, the chair injury wouldn't be so much the result of a defective chair, but the library's negligence. This could be true even if the person was within the weight limit and suffered a chair injury. The chair had probably been weakened from being used by persons weighing more than the chair could support. Either person in this scenario would have good grounds to make a chair injury claim.
The scariest part of a defective chair is that it typically looks just like every other chair. Except when you sit in it, the pedestal base snaps, a leg breaks, the hydraulic lift fails and the chair falls, pinching your leg, or some other part of the defective chair fails, and you fall off the chair, hitting your head, knee, elbow, or other body party, resulting in a serious chair injury.
The chair injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau have collected over a million dollars in defective chair cases alone. Call us if you've been injured by a defective chair.