The airbag in your vehicle is supposed to protect your head and neck in the event that you are involved in a car accident. However, if your airbag is defective, it could fail to work when you are in a crash or suddenly inflate with no warning whatsoever. In either scenario, you could suffer serious injuries that may permanently alter your life. A Houston airbag defect attorney with The Doan Law Firm can fight for your rights to recovery for your injuries.
Should Your Airbag Have Been Recalled?
The airbag is one of the most important safety features in your vehicle. Therefore, the manufacturer of the airbag as well as the automaker that uses that airbag needs to be sure that it will work as intended in every car it is put in. If not, it is on either or both of those parties to agree to a recall.
However, a recall is not a given as the party that calls for the recall doesn’t want to admit that it created a dangerous product. In addition to the money that the recall would cost, the embarrassment a brand could suffer could cost it sales both now and in the future. The good news for you is that your attorney will look into whether there is a public safety issue that should be acknowledged after your airbag defect incident.
Your Attorney Will Help Show That the Airbag Wasn’t Altered
Some drivers like to alter their vehicles to better suit their needs. This may include altering the airbag or removing it completely in favor of a TV screen or some other item that makes the car more fun to drive. There is a possibility that the other side in your case will argue that you altered or removed the airbag and that is why it failed.
Your personal injury attorney in Houston will take steps to make sure that you can prove that you did nothing to your airbag that caused it to fail. It may also be possible to prove that another party altered or removed the airbag without your permission, which would shift the liability from yourself to the party that took that action without your knowledge or permission.
Get Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries
There are many different types of compensation that you may be entitled to after you are hurt because of an airbag defect. For instance, you may be entitled to reimbursement for any and all medical bills that you incur now or in the future. This may include the cost of being seen by a doctor, the cost of surgery and the cost of any medication that you need to take at any point in the future because of your injuries.
It may also be possible to get compensation for any lost wages or lost future earnings because of your injuries. Lost wages are typically available retroactive to the date that you first missed work after your accident. Lost future earnings are based on the fact that you can’t return to the same line of work that you were in prior to getting hurt.
Lost future earnings will take into account the type of work that you were doing prior to your injuries. However, it may be possible to take into account any degrees or certifications that you had that may have allowed you to find higher paying work in the future. This may work in your favor if you were currently a barista but were looking for a job in the IT field and had the qualifications to reasonably find one.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
It doesn’t matter how strong your airbag defect case is if you don’t file a lawsuit in a timely manner. Your Houston airbag defect lawyer will make sure that you take legal action within two years of the accident assuming that is what you want to do. In some cases, you may be able to reach a settlement without having to set foot in a courtroom. However, the threat of filing a lawsuit may provide the party that hurt you with the motivation necessary to settle in a timely manner.
If you have been hurt, it is in your best interest to talk with a Houston car accident attorney today. Your consultation is free, and we will answer any and all of your questions in a timely and professional manner. You can meet us in person at The Doan Law Firm 1 Riverway, Suite 2500 Houston, Texas 77056 to talk more about your case. You can also message us online or give us a call at (800) 349-0000 for a free review of your case or to learn more about how we can help.