The consumer safety team at Leigh Day is currently representing a group of individuals whose lives have been ruined by household appliance fires. Suffering a fire in your home can be a devastating experience, and some of our clients have suffered serious injury, ruined properties and, in rare cases the death of a loved one following a house fire.
Watch Lorraine's story, she and her family were forced to leave their home for months following a tumble dryer fire.
Lorraine and her family were forced out of their family home which was gutted in a fire which was caused by a defective tumble dryer. Specialist consumer product liability solicitors Jill Paterson
and Thomas Jervis
advised and supported Lorraine and her family as they rebuilt their lives after the fire.
They have also established a campaign call 'Expect it's safe' calling for manufacturers of household appliances to do more to make the public aware of potentially lethal faults with their products.
However, many of our clients have found that simply switching on a domestic appliance can result in a devastating fire.
Consumer research body Which? has found that faulty appliances are the cause of some 3,700 domestic fires every year. The Government’s own fire safety statistics show that in 2010-2011 alone 19 fire fatalities were caused by faulty appliances and leads.
Every year hundreds of fires are caused by washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, ovens, and fridges and freezers. Fire claims lawyer and partner Jill Paterson
is acting for clients who have been affected by house fires believed to have been caused by all these types of appliance. A number of manufacturers have issued recalls because of faulty appliances and the team is currently investigating compensation claims relating domestic appliances produced by Beko, Samsung, Bosch, Hotpoint and Hoover.
Safety campaigners believe that appliance manufacturers have not done enough to raise awareness about the potential fire risk associated with their products, leaving many consumers unaware that their homes could be at risk. The Electricity Safety Council estimates that fewer than 20% of appliances are returned or repaired following recall notices.
Leigh Day has set up a campaign group, ‘Expect It’s Safe’, to encourage manufacturers to make greater efforts to repair and trace faulty appliances once faults have been identified.
Members of the appliance fire team are regularly invited to comment in the media on the topic, including on BBC Radio's You and Yours, BBC News, ITV and Sky, as well as in newspapers including the Sunday Times. Our clients stories have featured in news items covered by BBC’s Watchdog and many other consumer programmes.
Appliance fire compensation claims
You may be able to bring a claim for compensation following a fire if you can show that the cause of the fire was because of a defective product and the result of the manufacturer’s negligence or omission. A claim will take into account any injuries you have suffered, which could include burns and smoke inhalation injuries, loss of earnings because of your injuries, and damage to goods and property.
As with all personal injury claims there is a three year limit on bringing a compensation claim because of a fire accident.
If you would like to speak to a member of our fire claims team please phone or email Jill Paterson
or Tom Jervis
on 020 7650 1219 for a free discussion, or fill in our enquiry form
and someone will get back to you.