Airbags save lives every day. There are also circumstances where an airbag can actually cause injuries in a crash. If this is the case, you might have the right to financial compensation. Contact an experienced Baltimore airbag injury lawyer to learn more about how to protect your legal rights today.
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., our personal injury attorneys offer a free case review for every potential client. This gives you a chance to sit down with an experienced lawyer who has seen cases like yours before. You can get answers and learn more about what to expect if you choose to file a claim for compensation.
If you were hurt when your airbags went off, or if your airbags failed to deploy, give us a call to discuss options today.
Why it’s Important to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer
Car accident victims often cringe at the thought of taking legal action. Without standing up for yourself, however, you miss out on valuable compensation that you need. Our Baltimore car accident lawyers want to take as much stress out of the process as possible.
When you hire William G. Kolodner, P.A., you get the benefit of more than 100 years of collective legal experience. It’s important to get enough compensation to cover both the past and future costs of your injuries. You only have one shot at a settlement deal–and once you’ve settled, you generally can’t go back and sue for more.
Our car accident lawyers have the real-life experience needed to understand what you deserve–as well as the negotiating skills to get that money in your pocket.
When you choose us, you can expect a legal team that:
- Investigates to find out who is responsible for the crash
- Determines whether there was a defect in the airbag
- Works with scientific experts to get the hard evidence necessary to file a claim
- Consults your doctor and medical experts to put a fair value on the cost of your injuries
- Explains the options on the table and what your decisions mean
- Negotiates with the insurance company so that you can focus on getting better
William G. Kolodner, P.A. is a family-run law firm committed to treating our clients like family. We know that you’re going through a difficult time. Our lawyers make sure to keep you updated about your case progress so that we can answer any questions you have.
If you’re looking for the personal attention of a small firm that’s known for getting big-firm results, look no further. Call us today for a free case review with an experienced Baltimore airbag injury lawyer.
Understanding How Airbags Work
Airbags are designed to keep an accident victim from hitting the hard surfaces of the vehicle in a crash. In an accident, the airbag system is triggered and sets off a forceful explosion in a matter of just a fraction of a second.
The airbag is controlled by a central airbag control unit. That unit has sensors that measure things like vehicle speed, brake pressure, and impact. If the sensors detect a moderate to severe impact, a signal is sent to the airbags, which generates a chemical explosion. That explosion releases gas into the airbag, causing it to inflate.
Drivers and front-seat passengers will usually hit the airbags in the crash. But the airbags themselves have tiny holes, so the airbags should begin to deflate by the time the vehicle comes to a stop.
How Do Airbags Cause Injuries in a Crash?
Airbags and seat belts are known to save lives in accidents across the United States. In fact, between 1987 and 2017, front airbags saved approximately 50,457 lives according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unfortunately, airbags can also cause serious injury or death in an auto accident.
The risk of airbag injuries is greatest when they are defective or used to protect children and high-risk adults.
The Risk of Defective Airbags
Despite the benefits, several major manufacturers have initiated airbag recalls in recent years. When an airbag has a design flaw or manufacturing defect, it can become extremely dangerous in a crash.
The well-publicized Takata airbag recall involved tens of millions vehicles with faulty airbags. Experts discovered that these airbags could explode in a crash if they had been exposed to humidity and heat. A separate set of Takata airbags had faulty inflator seals, and were recalled because they would either explode or fail to deploy entirely in an accident.
Even if your airbag was not recalled, if any of the following happened, you might have been hurt by a defective airbag:
- You were driving along and the airbag deployed (without a crash)
- Your airbag injuries were caused by some type of projectile that came out when the airbag deployed
- The airbag failed to deploy in a moderate-to-serious accident
- The steering wheel was bent or there are other contact marks on the dash–which can be signs that the airbag deployed too late
If an airbag defect caused your injuries, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the dangerous airbag.
Small Children in the Front Seat
Experts have recognized that airbags can cause serious injuries to small children. Children under the age of 13 should always sit in the back seat to avoid injuries from frontal airbags.
Infants and toddlers in rear-facing car seats should likewise be secured in the backseat of the vehicle to avoid airbag injuries.
Other High-Risk Groups
Smaller adults tend to sit closer to the steering wheel when driving. Like small children, these adults are at higher risk for sustaining airbag injuries in a crash.
Likewise, adults with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for airbag injuries. Airbags deploy in about 1/20th of a second–using a lot of force to do so. Someone with an underlying health condition might not be able to withstand that force, increasing their risk of injury.
Common Types of Airbag Injuries
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., no case is too complex or too small for our experienced lawyers. We know how important fair compensation can be for any accident victim–and we always take our attorney-client relationship seriously.
We represent clients who have sustained any type of airbag injury in a Baltimore crash, including:
- Chest injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Broken ribs
- Organ damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Neck injuries
- Vision or hearing loss
- And more
We fight to get money to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses tied to your injuries. Don’t hesitate to call for legal advice and to learn more about how our Baltimore personal injury attorneys can help.
Who Can be Held Responsible for Airbag Injuries?
Sometimes accident victims are injured by the airbag even if the system was properly designed and installed. In others, the manufacturing company might have cut corners–installing a defective airbag system in order to make a profit.
Although you don’t have to prove that the responsible party’s acts were intentional, you do have to identify all potentially responsible parties to get compensation. Liable parties might include:
- The at-fault driver
- The vehicle manufacturer
- A company that designed a component in the airbag system
- The employer of a negligent party
- The company responsible for installing the airbag system
Our attorneys work to find out what caused your accident. That information helps us identify the party who is ultimately responsible for paying your bills.
We Fight to Get Fair Compensation for Airbag Injury Victims
A serious injury can impact every part of your life. The physical and emotional consequences can be lasting and severe–and can lead to financial suffering if you don’t get a fair settlement after the accident.
Your settlement should include money to cover the cost of:
- Medical bills
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, PTSD and anxiety
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Damages for wrongful death
- And more
Insurance companies know that if they don’t negotiate fairly with our lawyers, they’ll end up in court. That’s one reason why it’s important to call even if you already have a settlement offer on the table. We have helped countless clients in similar situations negotiate their settlements to get the full amount they deserve.
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., our goal is to get fair verdicts and settlements to protect our clients’ in the future. If you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to call for a free consultation.
Act Quickly: Maryland Time Limits for Filing a Lawsuit
In Maryland, you only have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is true whether your injuries were caused by a driver’s negligence or you have a product liability claim. That’s why it’s important to act quickly and preserve your right to compensation.
Contact an Experienced Baltimore Airbag Injury Lawyer for Help Today
Were you recently hurt in a Baltimore car accident? Do you suspect something went wrong with the airbags? Our personal injury lawyers at William G. Kolodner, P.A. can help you get the financial compensation you need.
If you’re ready to begin fighting to protect your rights, give us a call or fill out our contact form today. Your first consultation is always free–and we work on contingency, so you don’t have to worry about paying attorneys’ fees up front. In fact, we don’t recover attorneys’ fees unless we win for you.