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Toxic sofa puts people in hospital

02 September 2009

Many people have been awarded compensation for injuries caused by toxic sofas. In 2007 dermatologists discovered a link between the burns and an anti-mould agent used in warehouses known as dimethyl fumarate (DMF). The fungicide, which was packed into sofas in China to protect them from humid conditions, can evaporate in warm conditions and soak through clothes on to skin. DMF was banned by the European Commission earlier this year. But thousands of toxic sofas were imported to countries, including Britain, in 2007 and 2008. At the end of this month, a group case will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on behalf of 2,000 consumers seeking compensation from Argos, Walmsleys, Land of Leather and a handful of smaller retailers. All the sofas have been traced to two companies in China - Linkwise and Eurosofa. A further 3,000 cases involving sofas from different manufacturers are currently being investigated.

RJW are representing group claimants. It has been highlighted that symptoms were compounded by people sitting at home recovering from their mystery illness. Richard Langton, an expert solicitor dealing with many cases has pointed out that "A lot of people were making things worse without even realising it. One of the main problems is psychological as people are under the impression that their home is their castle. When they find that the sofa is the cause of their problems they find it distressing." For more information please view our full range of press releases on sofa rashes.