Client injured when the fitting of a new carpet was not carried out safely
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10th October 2007

Client injured when the fitting of a new carpet was not carried out safely

According to your rights under consumer law, our client would have expected the fitting of her new carpet to be carried out with reasonable care and skill, and safe for use in the household environment. This law also covers costs and timescales for the provision of the service, but in this instance, there was no issue on these points.

Our client had purchased the carpet from a shop that was unable to fit it for her. They offered her an alternative and as they put them forward, she accepted, assuming the fitters were capable of doing the work. The carpet was fitted and our client paid them directly.

However, some two months later, a plate that had not been properly secured, sprang loose, causing our client to trip and suffer personal injury. When she complained to the fitters, they advised her that they had no insurance. She therefore decided to sue both the shop and the fitters to recover compensation for her injuries.

Although our client had paid the fitters direct, the Judge found that because she had purchased the carpet from the shop, and had been recommended the fitters by the shop, the contractual relationship for supply, delivery and fitting of the carpet was between the shop and our client. The Judge also found that because the shop had not offered any alternative, they had held the fitters out as capable of doing the work. However, the fitters were also found to be negligent.

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