A MOTHER fears she may have developed a skin disorder from her sofa.
Linda Gledhill from Scholes began to develop an eczema-like condition one month after buying a new sofa in 2007.
Now she is desperately trying to get her sofa tested to see if that is the cause of her skin condition.
If the test proves correct, Mrs Gledhill will be one of thousands of people who have developed a toxic condition from their sofa.
Mrs Gledhill said: “About a month after I bought the sofa I started to get eczema. I’d never had it before so it was a bit of a shock.
“At the time I didn’t think it could be because of my sofa.
“But it’s been in the news lately and I want to get it tested to see if that is the cause.”
Mrs Gledhill and husband Steven bought the sofa from Land of Leather.
Mrs Gledhill, who has one son, 21-year-old Martin, added: “I’m the only one who really sits on the sofa.
“My husband tends to sit on the floor and my son is usually in his room so I would be the one who was in contact with it most.
“I’ve recently been away and my skin was clearing up, but now I’ve come home it’s flared up again.
“It’s a lovely sofa and very comfortable and if it’s not the cause then I wouldn’t want to get rid of it.
“But it’s looking more and more likely that it is the sofa.
“I’d now like to get it tested to see if it is the sofa.”
The tests will be conducted on behalf of a solicitor and if the sofa is found to be at fault then Mrs Gledhill may start legal proceedings.
Land of Leather was one of several companies to import the sofas from China, which are said to contain a toxic substance known as Dimethyl Fumarate – a fine white powder used by some manufacturers to protect leather goods like furniture. Even very small amounts can be harmful.
Thousands of customers throughout the UK have reported skin problems after buying the sofas.
Mike Appleton of Grieves Solicitors, is dealing with one of the cases in which his client’s skin was blistered.
But Mr Appleton said Land Of Leather has gone into administration and for that reason, along with others, their insurers are now refusing to deal with claims.
Mr Appleton added: “We are working with The Linkwise Steering Group who are gathering all the evidence and it is looking hopeful that, subject to medical evidence, this case will be successful for my client.
“My advice is go and see one of the steering group’s solicitors because I do believe there will be a cut-off date. They will know the latest news on the claims.”
Midlands-based solicitors Russell Jones and Walker are leading the court action.