Airbag Injury Lawyers
When purchasing a new vehicle, most consumers place a high value on safety. Thus, airbags have become an appealing and important feature when making such a purchase. Even so, airbag injuries occur often. Airbags may cause harm to drivers or passengers if:
- They deploy when they shouldn’t
- They do not deploy at all
- They deploy with great force
- They deploy too slowly
Whether the incidence of airbag injuries is due to their design or the ever-increasing complexity of their crash censors, if you believe that an airbag defect has contributed to your injury, it’s important to contact the experienced product liability injury attorneys at Wern Lawyers in North Charleston. As always, our evaluation of your claim is free of charge.
Airbag Defects and Injuries
As with other products, manufacturers continue to develop airbag systems with advanced capabilities, such as monitoring seat positions and the ability to determine when a seatbelt is used and when it is not. While the intention of manufacturers is to create a better and safer airbag system, a number of airbags continue to deploy when they shouldn’t, and sometimes, this can lead to a car crash. Some of the specific defects associated with airbags include faulty crash sensors that result in the airbags inflating at the wrong time, defective inflation paths that result in the airbag extending straight towards the driver and lack of internal tethers, which result in the airbag becoming a round shape instead of a flat, oblong shape. Other defects include delayed deployment of the airbag, which might be due to incorrect censor placement, components or sequencing failure.
Injuries sustained by airbags may include:
- Abrasion or irritation to the face, or “airbag dermatitis”
- Burns to the face or chest
- Contusion of the face, chest or knees
- Strain or fracture of the cervical spine
- Fracture of the face, collarbone or wrist
- Skull fracture
- Compression of the brain, leading to traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Laceration of internal organs
- Eye injury or trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Placenta puncture or trauma (in pregnant women)
Without question, the nature of airbag injuries can be serious, leading to a life altering disability, ongoing health problems or death. Yet, when these injuries occur as a result of an airbag defect, victims have the legal right to pursue compensation for medical bills and other losses.
The airbag injury attorneys at Wern Lawyers understand how cumbersome product liability claims can be, particularly personal injury claims related to airbag defects. This is because airbags undergo extensive testing, and manufacturers often go toe to toe against victims making any sort of claim against them.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or death and you believe it is the result of a defective airbag, rest assured that Wern Lawyers will help you find justice, while seeking compensation for every loss. To discuss the details of your claim, contact our office today for a free evaluation.