When the thought of an airbag opening comes to mind, most people probably associate it with saving lives. However, they also can cause injury.
Although most injuries by airbag are minor abrasions or burns, there is potential for serious injury as well. Airbags inflate at a speed of about 100 mph with considerable force.
Companies that make these airbags are accountable for saving lives and when their airbags harm rather than protect people, they are responsible. Defects and failures of an airbag include injuries to the face, eyes, head, shoulders and torso.
The most common injuries caused by airbags are:
Eye injuries: these injuries could result in temporary or permanent blindness.
Chest injuries: soft tissue damage can be a result of broken bones in the chest.
Facial injuries: facial bones can be fractured and result in permanent scarring.
Degloving injuries: occurs when skin is pushed back from the bone or connective tissue.
Neck or back injuries: pressure on the neck and back often need serious, long term medical treatment.
Burn injuries: can affect the eyes, chest and arms. May also affect eyesight.
Although there is no way to know if your airbag is defective, you can help reduce the risk of injury by never attaching objects to the airbag module or leaving loose objects laying on the dash where the airbag might deploy. These objects could be boosted by the airbag and cause even more injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from airbag deployment, the company needs to be held responsible. The knowledgeable attorneys at Ray Hodge and Associates can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 316-269-1414. Call and ask about no fee if no recovery option.
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