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SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer Dec. 22, 2023

Who Is Liable for a Defective Airbag Injury?

Dealing with an airbag injury can be an incredibly distressing and challenging time. The physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial burden are enough to overwhelm anyone. However, it's crucial to remember that you don't have to navigate this difficult journey alone.

Our law firm, SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer, is here to stand by your side every step of the way. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, we serve clients throughout Springfield, Missouri, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys is committed to advocating for your rights and representing you every step of the way. We're not just your legal representatives; we're your allies in this fight. 

Understanding Defective Airbags 

Defective airbags pose a significant risk to drivers and passengers alike. When functioning correctly, airbags are designed to protect us during a collision. However, when they are defective, the very device meant to keep us safe can cause severe harm. Injuries from defective airbags can vary from minor irritations to serious conditions like broken bones, head and neck injuries, and even chemical burns. 

It's crucial to understand that airbags can fail in several ways. They might deploy prematurely, fail to deploy at all, or deploy with excessive force. Each scenario presents its unique set of risks and potential injuries. 

Identifying Liable Parties in Defective Airbag Injury Claims 

In the aftermath of an accident involving a defective airbag, it's crucial to identify who's responsible for the harm you've suffered. This step is vital in pursuing justice and seeking compensation for your injuries. Liable parties in defective airbag injury claims can often include: 

  • The Car's Manufacturer: If the defect lies in the car's overall design or manufacturing process, the car manufacturer could be held responsible. They have a duty to ensure all components of their vehicles, including airbags, are safe for use. 

  • The Airbag System's Manufacturer: Sometimes, the fault might lie directly with the airbag system's manufacturer. If the airbag was flawed due to its design or manufacturing process, this party could be liable. 

  • Parties Involved in the Manufacturing or Installation Process: Faults can also arise during the manufacturing or installation process of the airbag system. Any guilty parties involved in these processes can be held accountable.  

We understand that identifying these parties can be complex and challenging. But don't worry, we're here to help.  

How to File a Defective Airbag Lawsuit 

Filing a defective airbag lawsuit might seem challenging, but with the right guidance and steps, you can navigate this process more effectively. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to file a defective airbag lawsuit: 

  • Seek Medical Attention: The first step after any accident, especially one that involves an airbag injury, is to seek immediate medical attention. This ensures your well-being and provides crucial documentation about your injuries. 

  • Gather Evidence: Collect as much evidence as possible from the accident scene. This includes photographs of the vehicle, the defective airbag, and your injuries. Also, keep a record of all medical treatments and expenses. 

  • Consult an Experienced Product Liability Attorney: It's essential to consult with us, the experienced attorneys at SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer. We can evaluate your case, guide you through the legal process, and help build a compelling case. 

  • Identify Liable Parties: Together, we'll identify all potential liable parties for your airbag injury, which may include the airbag manufacturer, vehicle manufacturer, auto parts makers, or technicians. 

  • File the Lawsuit: Once we've gathered all necessary evidence and identified the responsible parties, we'll proceed to file the lawsuit on your behalf. 

  • Negotiate with the Opposing Party: Once the lawsuit is filed, we'll handle all negotiations with the opposing party. If they offer a settlement, we'll thoroughly review it to ensure it adequately covers your damages. 

  • Proceed to Trial if Necessary: If a fair settlement can't be reached, we're prepared to take your case to trial. We'll fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve. 

Remember, each case is unique, and outcomes can't be guaranteed. However, with our experienced team by your side, we can help.  

Determining Damages in an Airbag Injury Lawsuit 

The extent of damages in an airbag injury lawsuit depends on several factors. These include the severity of your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other relevant costs. Our team collaborates with medical experts to assess the long-term effects of your injuries and associated costs. We also consider non-economic damages like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.  

Pursue Fair Compensation: Contact Us 

Facing a defective airbag injury can be an overwhelming experience. But remember, you don't have to face it alone. At SJP Sifers Jensen Palmer, we're committed to supporting you through this difficult time. Our dedicated personal injury attorneys have a deep understanding of defective airbag cases and are ready to help you navigate the complex legal process. If you're located in the Kansas City, Missouri area, or surrounding regions, reach out to us today. We're here to fight for your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve.