London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) August 19, 2008 -- Back in February, the BBCâs Watchdog program exposed a story about leather sofas, sold by a number of leading high street retailers, which had caused severe skin reactions in some people. The Chinese manufactured sofas, the majority of which were purchased from Land of Leather, Argos and Walmsleys, were thought to contain a chemical which was causing extreme allergic reactions in some people, including rashes and blistering that resulted in hospitalization for some.
Watchdog reported on 12 May 2008 that, in conjunction with Russell Jones & Walker (RJW), it has since discovered that the cause of these â sofa burns [http://www.rjw.co.uk/news-events/news/sofa-injury-compensation] â is Di-methyl Fumarate (DMF), a chemical known to cause skin irritation. This fungicide is contained within a sachet which is placed inside the sofas in order to protect against mold during storage, transit and everyday usage. Argosâ independent investigations have also now confirmed these results.
A team of Solicitors led by Richard Langton and Christian Shotton of RJW is currently representing injury claims on behalf of more than 500 people who have suffered due to the affected sofas, and this number is continuing to grow. Around 1000 individuals are now launching a group action in the high court to sue the retailers who sold the sofas for damages.
The majority of the sofas have now been recalled, but a list of known affected sofa batch numbers [http://www.rjw.co.uk/news-events/news/sofa-injury-compensation?searchterm=sofa]has been compiled on the RJW Solicitors site in order to enable worried consumers to check whether their sofa might be one of those affected.
In light of the ongoing problem, RJW Solicitors has also advised that anyone who has experienced similar skin problems, even if their sofaâs batch number does not appear in the list, should still contact the retailer where they originally purchased the sofa from.