Airbags are effective safety devices that can reduce the severity of car accident injuries. Unfortunately, airbags themselves can also cause injuries due to defects and/or deployment problems. They can also cause serious injury to children sitting in the front seat of a vehicle.
If an airbag injured you, you could be entitled to compensation from a product liability claim. The Hollander Law Firm, P.A., can help you get the money you deserve. Our airbag injuries lawyers in West Palm Beach have been helping victims of product defects for more than 28 years. We have recovered tens of millions for our injured clients.
How Our West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After an Airbag Injury
Airbags are supposed to keep you safe. Unfortunately, defective airbags can do more harm than good in a car accident. They can increase your likelihood of injury and your damages. Our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at the Hollander Law Firm, P.A. understand how an airbag injury can impact your life.
Our legal team has seen the devastation, financial hardship, and intense pain and suffering caused by motor vehicle accidents and product defects. We’ve strived to recover life-changing compensation for just such accident victims — we’ve recovered millions to date.
When you hire our legal team to handle your injury case, you can expect us to:
- Provide legal advice, support, and guidance throughout your case
- Investigate the circumstances that led to your injuries
- Identify all parties who might be liable for your injuries
- Work with you, your doctor, and experts to determine the extent of your injuries and damages
- File insurance claims and lawsuits to protect your best interest
You need skilled legal representation after an airbag injury. Contact our law office for a free consultation case evaluation from a seasoned West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.
How Common Are Airbag Injuries?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 50,000 people were saved because of frontal airbags from 1987 through 2017. Airbags work best in combination with a seat belt.
When an airbag deploys, it provides a barrier between the individual and objects in the car. The airbag may prevent the driver from striking the steering wheel or dashboard after a crash. Likewise, side airbags protect drivers and passengers from slamming into the door or the car frame.
Airbags also protect the passengers from the impact of another vehicle, tree, pole, or another external object. Unfortunately, airbags can cause injuries and wrongful death.
What Are Common Causes of Airbag Injuries?
Airbags deploy with great force. Most airbags inflate in less than 1/20th of a second. If a person comes into contact with an airbag before it fully deploys, they could be injured. Sitting too close to an airbag can also increase the risk of injury.
Defective products are another common cause of airbag injuries. The massive recall of Takata airbags is one of the most well-known examples of defective airbags. Approximately 67 million Takata airbags have been recalled because they can cause severe injury or death.
Airbag defects may happen when an airbag fails to deploy. The failure could be caused by a defect in the airbag or the sensor that tells the airbag to deploy. The failure to deploy could also be caused by a defect in the installation of the airbag during the manufacturing process.
Counterfeit and fake airbags frequently malfunction. These airbags may explode, fail to deploy, and have metal parts that cause injury.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Defective or Faulty Airbags
Airbag injuries can range from minor scratches and abrasions to death.
Common airbag injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Cuts, abrasions, and lacerations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Injury or death to an unborn baby
- Eye injuries and vision loss
- Ear trauma and hearing loss
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fracture or strain to the cervical spine
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs
- Severe burns
- Fractured ribs and chest injury
- Irritation to the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs
- Heart damage
Airbags can save your life. However, faulty, fake, and defective airbags can cause injury and death.
Who is Liable for an Airbag Injury or Wrongful Death in Florida?
Airbag manufacturers have a duty to make safe products. Therefore, the manufacturer may be liable for defective airbags that cause injury or death to a consumer. However, other parties could share liability for airbag injuries, including the car manufacturer, repair shops, distributors, and other third parties.
These parties may owe you compensation for the following damages after an airbag injury:
- Loss of income and benefits
- Cost of medical care and treatment
- Expenses for personal care
- Reduced earning capacity
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Physical pain and suffering
- Disabilities and impairments
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our goal is to get you the most money possible for your injury claim. We will investigate your accident to identify all parties who are responsible for your defective airbag. We will gather evidence to hold them strictly liable for the manufacturing defect, design defect, or marketing defect that caused your harm.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our West Palm Beach Airbag Injuries Lawyer
Our law firm assists airbag injury victims in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Broward County, and throughout South Florida. If an airbag caused your injury, contact our airbag injuries lawyer in West Palm Beach. Your initial consultation is free of charge.