Airbag Injury Compensation

An airbag injury is caused when the airbag inflates quickly causing injury to the driver or passenger of the vehicle.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents recommends that airbags, when used with seatbelts, can protect drivers and passengers from injury in the event of a car accident.

However, when they deploy they can cause injury, even if the injury would be less than it would be without the use of an airbag.  In these cases you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Common Injuries caused by an airbag

The airbag inflates quickly which means that the process is sudden and explosive which can cause injury to the driver or passenger and the most common injuries sustained can include:

  • Facial Bruising and abrasions due to the force of the impact
  • Burns
  • Broken bones for example nose, cheekbone
  • Chest injuries
  • Respiratory and eye injuries from the propellant used to inflate the airbag
  • Hearing loss from the noise when the airbag inflates
  • Heart injuries
  • Damage to cosmetic implants

The speed at which the vehicle is driving can have an affect on the severity of your injuries, and even though airbag injuries are rare, they can result in severe injuries.

Making a claim for an airbag injury

The liable person can be the person who caused the crash, the manufacturer of the car, or the manufacturer of the airbag. If the airbag is faulty then the manufacturer may be responsible for the injury sustained.

Gather as much evidence as you can at the time of the accident as you may forget something later on which may have an affect on your claim for compensation

Note down:

  • Date, time & location of the accident
  • People involved
  • Vehicle details
  • Witness details
  • Events leading up to and surrounding the accident

What if the Airbag is Defective

If you have been injured and the airbag is found to be defective then you may be able to make a defective product compensation claim against the manufacturer.

When you claim compensation fro a defective airbag you must supply evidence to prove that the airbag is defective which can include:

  • Design flaw
  • Manufacturing mistake
  • Mistake when assembling
  • Failure to provide warning labels or instructions for safe airbag use

Can compensation help me for an airbag injury accident?

Injuries caused by an airbag can cause pain and suffering which you are entitled to be compensated for. Although compensation will not alter the fact that you have been injured it can help compensate for the pain and distress you have suffered as a result of the airbag accident

The following may be taken into account:

  • Extent of pain and suffering
  • Medical treatment and ongoing medical treatment to aid recovery
  • Loss of earnings and possible effect on future earnings
  • Out of pocket expenses, like travel for medical treatment

If you want advice on whether you can make a claim for an airbag accident and what the possibility of success may be, then why not seek advice from our expert solicitors airbag injury compensation.

Airbag injury accidentAt 1solicitors, we have a team of specialist personal injury lawyers who have experience in dealing with this type of injury claim. We are proud to include airbag injury accident compensation claims under our no win no fee umbrella which means no financial risk to you or any upfront payments to start your claim.

If you wish to arrange a FREE consultation, call our experts today on 0330 053 7117 or request a call back.

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