‘Toxic’ sofa victims win GBP20m in compensation

Hundreds of customers who suffered skin rashes and burns caused by "toxic" sofas are to receive as much as GBP 20 million in injury compensation.

High street chains Argos, Walmsley, Homebase and Land of Leather sold the offending pieces of furniture and have been ordered to pay between GBP 1,175 and GBP 9,000 to around 1,650 customers depending on the severity of their injuries.

The sofas contained a chemical called dimethyl fumarate, or DMF, which has now been banned by the European Union.

One of the victims of the chemical burns was nine-month-old Archie Lloyd-Bennett.

The toddler’s mum told the Scottish Daily Record that he was "red raw" after lying on the sofa in his nappy.

"He was in agony. One night I found him with blood all over his face in bed because he had been scratching himself in his sleep," she added.

Another youngster that was recently awarded injury compensation was Jennifer Blyth, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, the Courier reported.

She was only eight when she was hit by a taxi but it is only now, over nine years on, that Jennifer has been awarded GBP 1.5 million.

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‘Toxic’ sofa victims win GBP20m in compensation

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