When the people of Philadelphia get into car accidents, they expect their airbags to deploy to keep them safe.
Unfortunately, they sometimes fail to do so. As a result, many drivers and passengers are left with unnecessarily severe injuries and a sizable stack of medical bills.
Fortunately, if you have been injured because of a defective airbag, you may not need to pay for your medical expenses out of your own pocket.
Instead, you might be able to file suit against the airbag or vehicle manufacturer to recover some much-needed compensation.
To do so, however, you will need the assistance of an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney, like those here at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC.
How Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
The attorneys here at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, are dedicated to providing the people of Philadelphia with outstanding legal services.
When you hire us to help you pursue compensation for your airbag injury, we will:
Provide You with Sound Legal Advice
As you work through your airbag injury case, you will almost certainly need to make a lot of difficult choices. If you act unwisely, you may harm your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve. However, if you can consistently make smart calls, you could be able to boost your chances of receiving a settlement check.
Having worked within the legal field for many years, the lawyers here at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, have successfully overcome just about every challenging scenario you are likely to encounter during your case. Whenever you aren’t sure what to do, you can just turn to us and we will provide you with the advice you need.
Negotiate a Settlement Deal on Your Behalf
Once your airbag injury lawsuit begins in earnest, you may be contacted by the other party with an offer to settle the case. However, the value of their initial proposal is unlikely to cover the totality of your damages. Should you wish to convince them to be a little more generous, some negotiation will probably be necessary.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we have been negotiating settlement deals on behalf of our clients for many years. We understand how to persuade defendants and their attorneys to increase their offers. When we represent you, we will work night and day to try to land you a settlement deal that will cover your injury-related expenses.
Represent You in Court
If the other party is unwilling to hammer out a fair settlement, your pursuit of compensation will most likely end up going to court. If you would like the ensuing trial to run smoothly, you will need to have an experienced attorney by your side throughout.
Of course, when you work with our legal team, “experience” is exactly what you will get. We have represented countless clients in courtrooms throughout Pennsylvania over the years. When you hire us, we will use all of our accumulated knowledge to ensure that you receive an unbiased hearing in court.
Are you ready to begin fighting for the compensation you deserve? If so, just pick up the phone and set up a free consultation with a member of the team here at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, in Philadelphia. We would love to meet with you to learn more about your case and provide you with more information about how we can assist.
How Are Airbags Designed to Work?
To keep drivers and passengers safe on the road, modern vehicles are typically equipped with more than half a dozen airbags. These potentially life-saving tools are designed to deploy as follows:
- The vehicle collides with an object and decelerates suddenly
- The collection of sensors in the car detect this rapid deceleration
- The sensors relay a message to an electronic heating element in the vehicle
- The heating element causes the airbag’s explosives to activate
- This explosion triggers the airbag inflator to rapidly fill the airbag with argon or nitrogen gas
- The driver or passenger collides with the airbag, causing the bag to vent and deflate slowly
- The airbag brings the individual’s body to rest in a gradual manner, reducing their risk of death or severe injury
When working correctly, this multiple-step process generally occurs in around 30 to 50 milliseconds.
If you were involved in a car accident and believe that your airbag did not deploy correctly, please do not hesitate to contact the legal team here at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, in Philadelphia. We may be able to help you recover some much-needed compensation.
Why Do Some Airbags Fail to Deploy Correctly?
When airbags deploy correctly, they can save lives. When they fail, however, they can cause drivers and passengers to suffer unnecessarily severe injuries when they are involved in a car crash.
A brief list of some of the most common reasons why an airbag may fail to deploy correctly would include:
- The airbag is punctured and cannot fully inflate
- The electrical components that tell the airbag to deploy are defective or malfunctioning
- The airbag’s sensors are placed incorrectly in the vehicle
- The airbag’s wiring is damaged in the collision
Unfortunately, defects such as these are not at all uncommon. Since 2013, more than 40 million airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation have been recalled because of a known defect that caused the airbag inflator to fail when it was exposed to heat or humidity.
When this defect was discovered, Takata airbags could be found in vehicles manufactured by many of America’s most popular manufacturers, including:
Defective Takata airbags are known to have contributed to the deaths of more than 20 people and injured at least 300 more.
Have you been involved in a car crash in which your Takata airbag did not properly deploy? Then please reach out to the product liability attorneys here at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC. We would love to arrange a free consultation at our Philadelphia law offices to discuss your case in greater detail.
What Injuries Can Be Caused By Defective Airbags?
Defective airbags can cause a wide range of different injuries. Some are relatively minor, while others are much more severe and life-threatening.
A short sampling of some of the most common injuries caused by defective airbags would include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries
When a vehicle gets into a head-on collision and the airbag fails to deploy, the driver is likely to hit their head against the dashboard or steering wheel. As a result, they may suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Airbags are designed to bring the human body to rest in a gradual fashion if an accident occurs. When the airbag fails to perform its duty, accident victims are often thrashed around the cabin of the vehicle, causing them to collide with solid objects like the dashboard or the door. This more abrupt ending to the collision frequently results in broken bones.
Fetal Injuries and Deaths
Pregnant women are especially vulnerable to defective airbags. When they get into an accident and their airbag fails to deploy, their unborn babies often suffer a significant amount of trauma – potentially causing them to become injured or even die.
Similarly, if a defective airbag goes off unexpectedly or too aggressively, it can impact a woman’s baby bump and cause harm to her child.
Airbags that deploy too rapidly frequently cause accident victims to suffer trauma to one or both of their eyes. In severe cases, this trauma can cause them to lose some or all of their sight.
Do you need an experienced product liability, wrongful death, or personal injury attorney to help you fight for the compensation you deserve? If so, all you need to do is pick up the phone and call the team here at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC. We are always ready, willing, and able to stand up on behalf of our friends and neighbors in Philadelphia.
Who is Liable for Injuries Caused By Defective Airbags?
When a defective airbag causes an individual to sustain injuries in a car accident, that person can typically hold one of the following parties liable for their damages:
- The Airbag Manufacturer: Injury victims can typically sue the manufacturer of the airbag if it was inherently defective, poorly made, or had a design flaw.
- The Vehicle Manufacturer: Injured parties may be able to sue their vehicle manufacturer if their airbag was installed incorrectly.
Would you like to have a Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, attorney help you file suit against an airbag or vehicle manufacturer? Then please reach out to us today to set up a free consultation at our Philadelphia law offices.
Your Trusted Philadelphia Accident Law Firm
Call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC today if you’ve been injured due to faulty airbags. Our lawyers have the skill and experience to handle even the most complex personal injury and product liability cases. If you would like to have us assist you with your battle for financial restitution, just give us a call or contact us online.