Have you acquired an injury due to a defective airbag? Our team of expert solicitors are here to ensure that you can claim the compensation to which you’re rightly entitled. Airbags are supposed to help mitigate injury in road accidents. However, they may sometimes cause further injuries because they can inflate so rapidly.
Common Airbag Injuries
Following a sudden impact, such as a road accident, the airbag is designed to protect you by rapidly inflating and then deflating. Although this should cause a cushion effect, the forceful method in which the airbag is deployed can cause further injuries to the driver, including bruising, fractures, burns and even hearing loss. Other frequent injuries can include:
- Bruising and abrasions to your skin can result from the force of the airbag
- Hearing loss can be caused by the excessive noise of the explosive device
- Broken bones can occur when the arms and hands are raised
- Airbag combustion can cause respiratory and eye irritation
- This combustion can also cause burns to your face, arms, chest and neck.
Chest injuries can also occur due to the speed at which the airbag is deployed. Examples of chest damage can include: rupture of the aorta, damaged breast implants, sternum fractures, and even heart attacks.
The onset of these injuries may occur sometime after the accident took place.
Free Initial Consultation
Our team are happy to discuss your individual circumstances in a no-obligation free consultation. Simply pick up the phone and call 0800 342 3206, or contact us online.
Who is accountable for airbag injuries?
The manufacturer is usually responsible if the airbag that caused your injury was defective in some way. A defect can include:
- The omission of warning labels
- Errors during the manufacturing process
- Design flaws
- Errors during assembly
- Erroneous safety directions in the user manual
You may be eligible to claim for compensation if the manufacturer caused you an injury through a faulty airbag. The ‘strict liability law’ stipulates that the claimant is not required to prove liability for defective airbags as long as the defects have already been recorded and proven. In some cases, the car garage may be liable if they have failed to carry out the correct maintenance of airbags during a vehicle service or your MOT.
Types of Compensation
The two main categories of airbag injury compensation are highlighted as follows. The first represents the general damages which tend to mirror the severity of the injuries and includes:
- Mental trauma & distress
- Life-changing injuries
- Physical pain and suffering
The second category is a type of compensation referred to as special damages. This refers to past and future expenses associated with the result of airbag injuries, such as:
- Medical expenditure
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Extra transport costs
- Extra necessary medical equipment
- Alterations to the home
How can I make a claim?
You could be entitled to compensation if negligence can be proven. We recommend that you get in touch with a solicitor who has experience in claims for airbag injuries.
Jefferies Solicitors has a team of no win no fee specialists who are experts in the field of airbag injury and road accident claims.
Claims can be issued for both past and future losses on behalf of our clients. When working on your case we will take a whole host of factors into account, such as pain and suffering, loss of earnings, and any requirements for special support.
Contact us today to start your airbag injury claim
Our lawyers understand the intricate circumstances that can arise when pursuing a claim – especially following the emotional and physical trauma of a car accident. As such, we will ensure that you are guided through the legal process in a quick and simple manner to reap the results that you deserve.
Contact Jefferies Solicitors to discuss your claim on 0800 342 3206 or feel free to fill out our online contact form.