When to hire a personal injury attorney for airbag malfunction
April 17, 2020 by GKwriter
Airbags are a safety mechanism designed to protect drivers and passengers during a car accident. Sadly, they don’t always do their job, or they deploy when they shouldn’t and leave the driver or passenger with an injury.
Victims of faulty airbags that fail to deploy when they should or that deploy when there is no accident have the right to seek financial compensation for their injuries. These sorts of injuries are known as product liabilitycases. When a product does not function in the way that it should or the way that a consumer expects it to, the manufacturer can face a lawsuit.
Virginia Product liability attorney
Product liability protects consumers from manufacturers that are sloppy or otherwise negligent in their duty to protect the public. There are many forms of product liability ranging from food products to medical devices.
In the case of airbags, individuals who purchase motor vehicles expect that the airbags will deploy in an accident. When the airbags do not deploy, it can mean serious head, neck and face injuries for the driver or the passenger of the vehicle.
Likewise, when airbags deploy when there is no accident and when the driver and passenger are not expecting it, these individuals can actually be harmed in the process. Plus, once a car’s airbags have been deployed, many insurance companies view the cars as totaled because of the cost to replace the airbags. That can mean serious financial hardships for individuals whose airbags deploy when they shouldn’t.
Compensation you can seek
In product liability personal injury cases, victims can seek compensation for a variety of financial hardships, including:
- Lost wages: You could lose wages due to having to go to medical appointments or due to an inability to work. This can include future lost wages in cases where you are unable to maintain the level of employment that you had previously.
- Medical bills: Product liability cases often include victims that incur injuries due to the faulty product. The medical bills associated with those injuries are recoverable in the court of law.
- Pain and suffering: Compensation for everything you’ve been through both mentally and physically is known as pain and suffering. The amount of pain and suffering that you can pursue will depend on the circumstances surrounding your injuries and the extent of your injuries.
- Loss of your enjoyment of life: Throughout the process of healing from your injuries, you’ll likely be robbed of some of the enjoyments of life. This can be especially true if you are unable to travel for a large event. Or this might be the case if you can’t drive yourself places due to your injury. The amount you can seek for loss of enjoyment of life is variable based on your circumstances.
Types of injuries from faulty airbags
A faulty airbag can cause a variety of different types of injuries ranging greatly in their levels of severity. On the more serious side, you could suffer a spinal cord injury that affects your ability to walk or leaves you in chronic pain. Here are the injuries you could sustain from faulty airbags.
- Hearing loss
- Head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Chest injury
- Broken bones
- Heart issues
- Spinal cord injury
Evaluating your faulty airbag case
Faulty airbags take an expert witness to evaluate the damage or lack thereof to your vehicle. At Gore and Kuperman, we have a team of expert witnesses to make your case simpler. With experts all in one place, you’ll find the experience of working with us enjoyable. And you’ll feel like a load has been lifted from your shoulders.
We’ll take time with you to view photos, reports and witness accounts to help you decide whether or not a lawsuit makes sense. Our free no-obligation consultation will ensure that you know what to expect from working with us. We’ll also explain what the process will look like.
If we believe you don’t have a case, we’ll share that with you so that you can move on accordingly. We provide a full case review to make sure you’re targeting the right at-fault individual. In some car accidents, the other driver might not be the one at fault because the municipality overlooked safety measures.
And when multiple parties are involved in an accident, we help you understand how best to proceed. This ensures you protect your livelihood and way of life.
Contact us to start the process of getting back to your physical and financial wellbeing after a faulty airbag injury.