What you need to know about airbag injuries
Often, when thinking about potential car accidents, people think of the injuries that might be caused by the other driver. But what about the injuries that you could sustain from parts of your own car? Airbag injuries are extremely common during car accidents, even though they are supposed to keep drivers safe. This is because some airbags are defective and may malfunction once deployed, and end up doing more harm than good to the driver.
Research published by the American Medical Association found that “individuals using airbags and seat belts sustained facial injuries at a rate of 1 in 449, compared with a rate of 1 in 40 for individuals who did not use seat belts or airbags.” This shocking statistic proves that while airbags can save lives, they can also cause significant injuries to drivers’ heads and necks.
Common airbag injuries
Some commonly-reported airbag injuries include:
- Scrapes and lacerations to the arms, chest, face, and neck
- Eye injuries
- Bruising of arms, knees, and organs
- Asthma attacks, coughing and throat irritations
- Burns on the hands, arms, and chest
Serious airbag injuries
Some more severe injuries could include:
- Spine fractures and sprains
- Fractured skull, ribs, facial bones, and wrists
- Traumatic brain injuries including concussion and brain contusion
- Lesions on the liver, spleen, heart, and lungs
- Hearing loss and other trauma to the ear
Who is liable?
The key to winning an airbag injury claim is proving that the airbag was defective or that it was designed in a way that made it unreasonably dangerous, and the manufacturer did not give drivers adequate warning. The odds of winning a personal injury case simply because you were injured because of a deployed airbag are slim. Fault on the part of the airbag manufacturer, automobile manufacturer, or an auto inspector must be proven to win compensation. Your personal injury lawyer can help you build a case.
Contact a New York Airbag Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured by a defective airbag, please consider reaching out to our team at Hach & Rose, LLP for help. Our team of defective product attorneys has over 100 combined years of experience dealing with product defects (including airbag injuries), and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our office at (347) 318-9604 to discuss your legal options today.