Defective Airbag Lawsuits
Airbag lawsuits in the US have become increasingly common. Injuries may occur due to defective airbags that do not deploy, deploy too aggressively, or not aggressively enough. Those who are injured due to such defects may sue the manufacturer of the car in which they were injured or possibly someone who has worked on a car like a mechanic. The cause of most defective airbags is a faulty airbag sensor or improper placement of airbag sensors.
When airbags deploy too aggressively or not aggressively enough, injuries may be nonexistent to very serious. An aggressive airbag is one that deploys too easily or at an improper time, often when there has been no accident. An airbag is not aggressive enough if it does not deploy quickly enough, or deploys only partially. When airbags fail to deploy completely, the injuries can be much graver and more likely to result in a catastrophic injury or death.
It is important be able to show that you sustained injuries that exceeded the injuries you would have incurred had the airbag been effective. In addition, successful defective airbag lawsuits usually involve injuries that are quite serious. Examples of such injuries include the following:
- sight damage, including resulting blindness
- hearing damage, including resulting deafness
- broken facial bones
- broken neck
- TMJ syndrome
- Brain hemorrhages
- Partial decapitation
The cost of bringing an airbag lawsuit is usually quite expensive as attorneys usually have to pay experts to analyze what went wrong. These costs can range from the high five figures to the low six figures. If you don’t have a major injury you may have difficulty finding an attorney to take your case because the cost of going to trial might otherwise exceed what you can recover.
Although all types of product liability lawsuits can be expensive, the good news is that the attorneys that we recommend all work on a contingency basis which means that there is no fee unless a recovery is made. These law firms pay for all of the costs associated with going to trial so the risk is solely on them. That said, these lawyers can be selective when it comes to taking a case because they don’t want to spend their own money and hundreds of hours if there is not a likelihood of a recovery.
There are only a handful of product liability attorneys in Illinois that have substantial experience with bringing faulty airbag lawsuits. If you or someone you know has sustained a serious injury and would like us to help you find an attorney, please contact us.