Airbag Defect Injury Lawyers
Airbags are supposed to help keep us safe in an accident. This restraint system, when it functions properly, should deploy at just the right time to prevent serious injuries. Modern cars may have front, side, and curtain airbags, all of which should help keep you safe during an accident. However, if an airbag has a defect, it can fail or cause you harm. When this happens, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
If you were injured by a defective airbag, an experienced airbag defect injury lawyer from our team is here to help. Our attorneys have decades of experience with product liability lawsuits that we can use to help you get the compensation you need. Call or contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your legal options.
Table Of Contents
- NST Law Will Fight for You
- What is a Defective Airbag Injury Lawsuit?
- Who is Eligible to File a Defective Airbag Lawsuit?
- Injuries From Defective Airbags
- Proving Negligence in Defective Airbag Cases
- How to Know if Your Airbag is Defective
- Compensation in Defective Airbag Lawsuits
- Time Limits to File Defective Airbag Lawsuits
- Contact NST Law for Help With Your Defective Airbag Lawsuit
NST Law Will Fight for You
At NST Law, our product liability attorneys know the damage that airbags can cause. If you were involved in an automobile accident and suffered airbag injuries, we know how to help. Our dedicated attorneys and staff can help you by:
- Investigating the cause of your accident
- Compiling evidence about why the airbag was defective
- Proving how the accident occurred and why the airbag caused your injuries
- Working with experts to examine the airbag and determine what defect caused your injuries
- Negotiating with airbag companies and insurance companies to seek an appropriate settlement
- Filing a product liability lawsuit to seek compensation for you
We have recovered $2 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients, including in airbag malfunction cases. We can consult on your case and help you understand the potential worth of your claim.
What is a Defective Airbag Injury Lawsuit?
Airbags are designed to deploy in a very particular way to prevent more serious injuries. However, when an airbag is defective, it can lead to more severe injuries and even death. A defective airbag lawsuit seeks compensation from the appropriate parties who caused your harm.
Airbags are considered defective when:
- They fail to deploy
- They deploy more explosively than they should
- They launch foreign objects and shrapnel at high speeds
- They deploy when they are not supposed to do so
- There are defective components in the airbag
If you suffered harm due to any of these reasons, you may be eligible to file a defective airbag lawsuit. Our experienced legal team can review your case and help you determine your legal options for pursuing compensation against the airbag manufacturer or other liable parties.
In many cases, an airbag may be recalled after it is determined there is an issue. There have been many different airbag recalls throughout the years, including the Takata airbag recall that affected millions of cars in the United States and across the world. These recalls are usually instituted because there is some defect with the airbag, and the company must inform the consumer and help remedy the issue.
A recall is not required to show that an airbag was defective, but it may provide additional evidence that your airbag was defective. NST Law’s airbag defect injury attorneys can conduct a full investigation to determine the cause of your injuries and who may be liable.
Who is Eligible to File a Defective Airbag Lawsuit?
Several parties may be eligible to file a defective airbag lawsuit. These parties include, but are not limited to:
- The person injured as a result of the defective airbag
- Third parties whose injuries were caused by the defective airbag
Family members who lose a loved one may file a wrongful death action.
Injuries From Defective Airbags
Defective airbags can lead to minor injuries, catastrophic injuries, and even death. These injuries can leave you unable to work, dealing with high financial costs, and suffering a great deal of pain.
Common injuries in defective airbag accidents often include:
- Whiplash and spinal cord injuries
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Eye and facial damage
- Broken or fractured bones
- Chemical burns
- Facial scarring
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Paralysis, either partial or total
- Damage to or loss of organs
Proving Negligence in Defective Airbag Cases
To prove a defective airbag caused your injuries, you must prove that some form of negligence caused the airbag to be defective. In product liability lawsuits, three primary theories of negligence may apply to the case:
- Defective Design: A defective design occurs when the airbag’s designer was negligent in its plans. Even if the manufacturer builds the airbag correctly according to the design, the airbag is unsafe because of a problem with the design itself. These cases require expert testimony and evidence to show how the design was defective and why that led to the victim’s injuries.
- Manufacturing Defects: Many airbags are defective because of errors in their manufacturing processes. Assuming the design is correct, mistakes in how the airbag is constructed or the materials used in its construction can cause it to be faulty and dangerous. Evidence of where the mistake occurred or what caused the manufacturing defect is essential to a successful defective airbag case.
- Failure to Warn: While the prior two theories are more common in defective airbag cases, a failure to warn theory occurs when the manufacturer fails to warn the user of a known risk to the product. This failure to warn may constitute negligence by the manufacturer or other responsible party and may entitle the victim to significant compensation.
Proving negligence is best left in the hands of qualified attorneys. There are complicated legal procedures and very strict evidentiary rules that apply to these cases. Our attorneys know how to handle your defective airbag claim and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How to Know if Your Airbag is Defective
If you were injured by an airbag, there is at least some indication that it may be defective. Airbags are not supposed to hurt you. They’re designed to protect you. The best course of action is to speak with an attorney to determine if your airbag injuries are compensable.
Another way is to check whether your airbag was under recall. If it was, there is a good chance it was defective and that it may have caused your harm. You can check whether your airbag has a recall based on your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
Compensation in Defective Airbag Lawsuits
A successful defective airbag claim may result in significant compensation for an injured victim or their family members.
You may be owed compensation for a variety of damages, including:
- Past and future medical costs
- Costs of rehabilitative services
- Property damages
- Lost income and lost future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and support
- Disfigurement or scarring damages
- Loss of quality of life
- Wrongful death damages
Some cases may even warrant punitive damages, which is a form of compensation designed to punish the defendant for particularly egregious or purposeful harm. Understanding the compensation you may be eligible for is possible once you have consulted a knowledgeable attorney about your case.
Time Limits to File Defective Airbag Lawsuits
There are specific time limits by which you must file your case, or it could be dismissed as untimely. In Tennessee, product liability cases are generally subject to a six-year statute of limitations. A statute of repose also exists that ends ten years from the date the product was first purchased for use or consumption. These two dates can interact to shorten the time period you have to file a defective product lawsuit.
The best advice is to approach a defective airbag lawyer as soon as possible following your accident. Waiting too long could mean you miss your opportunity to file a claim and win compensation for your injuries.
Contact NST Law for Help With Your Defective Airbag Lawsuit
The defective airbag lawyers at NST Law are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve if you have been hurt due to a defective airbag. While these cases are complicated to prove, our team builds every case for trial from the beginning, so you have a robust case for compensation. We are focused on transparent communication, compassionate service, and building a personalized strategy for your case.
For a free consultation of your case, Call The Champs at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form. We look forward to speaking with you.