A MAN whose new £700 sofa left him with severe burns to his back says he is ‘satisfied’ with the compensation he will finally receive.
Raymond Tayman, from Ellesmere Port, bought the Chinese-manufactured sofa from Walmsley’s in the town centre in February last year.
It was found to contain a chemical known to cause skin irritation in a sachet placed inside the chairs to protect against mould during storage, transit and everyday use. The chemical has since been banned.
Mr Tayman, 59, is among 1,650 people who will receive combined payouts totalling up to £20 million, the High Court ruled.
The claimants, who were represented by solicitors Russell Jones & Walker in what is believed to be the largest consumer Group Litigation in UK legal history, are expected to get between £1,175 and £9,000, depending on the severity of their symptoms.
Mr Tayman said: I’m very pleased, hopefully this finally brings it to a close. It took seven months to recover and I’ve still got a couple of scars.”
Richard Langton, senior litigation partner at Russell Jones & Walker, said: “Many suffered serious health problems, simply because of the new sofa they chose. At the start there was a real fear factor as nobody knew the cause.
“The doctors took nine months to identify the chemical. Some people thought they had skin cancer or were dying.”