Seats and seatbelts seem like such small parts of your car, yet they are integral to protecting you and your loved ones during an accident. Our Gainesville seatbelt and seatback failure lawyers know this all too well, having helped clients who suffered injuries after these basic safety components performed incorrectly. If this happened to you, our firm can investigate the crash to identify what happened and why.
Get the Medical, Emotional, and Financial Help You Need
If your car’s safety equipment failed to do its job, the manufacturer or designer could be held responsible. The consequences of an injury are not only the bills you face in the hospital, but the impact on your career, mental health, and quality of life. With Bogin, Munns & Munns leading the way, you could receive compensation for:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
Related costs might qualify for financial recovery as well.Emotional and psychological fallout caused by your injury is equally valid. Therapy, psychopharmacology, and other mental health support could be covered by damages if related to the accident.
Living With Prolonged Injuries
Defective seatbelts can allow you to move more than usual during an accident, putting strain on your neck or back or causing you to hit your head. Seatbelts that fail entirely could even allow you to be thrown from your seat. Faulty seatbacks can injure not only you but others in the car, sometimes leading to crushing injuries.
Consequently, seatbelt and seatback failure cases often involve long-term or permanent injuries, such as:
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
Even in crashes at low speeds, you can still be seriously hurt. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 12 to 50 percent of people who get whiplash still deal with persistent neck pain after one year. According to BioMed Central, some whiplash victims have a reduced quality of life five years after an accident. A car does not need to be going fast to cause whiplash, and restraints that fail could jolt you even more.
Long-term consequences like these require long-term compensation. Our Gainesville faulty seatbelt and seatback lawyers will take your future into account when reviewing your case. If your injuries are likely to cast a long shadow, we can fight for appropriate recognition.
Help in Honoring a Lost Loved One
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 15,000 lives were saved in 2017 thanks to seatbelts—that is how essential they are for safety. Sadly, when seatbelts and seatbacks do not work properly, it could lead to the loss of a beloved family member.
In this time of grief, our wrongful death lawyers can help you seek justice on behalf of your loved one. Compensation for your loss could include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- End-of-life medical bills
- The deceased’s lost income
- Pain and suffering
In addition to helping you honor your loved one’s last wishes, a wrongful death lawsuit can shine a light on faulty products, likely saving more lives in the future.
To consult with an experienced seatbelt & seatback failure lawyer serving Gainesville, call 855-686-6752
We Stand Up to Auto Manufacturers, Designers, and Insurance Companies
When you have a product liability case, you often go up against a large company with vast experience in defending its interests. Designers and manufacturers, along with their representation, are prepared to fight. Fortunately, so are we.
Our work in that fight for justice may include:
- Reviewing your medical records and police report
- Interviewing experts and witnesses
- Reconstructing the accident to understand what happened
- Tracing the path of evidence to the liable party
- Communicating with adjusters and company representatives
- Negotiating settlement offers and explaining terms
- Staying in touch with you about the progress of your case
- Preparing to take your case to trial if necessary
Even the daily interactions, communications, and legwork can be left up to us. Plus, with free consultations, Spanish-speaking team members, and prompt responses to queries, you can have access to answers and information about your case at any time.
You do not have to feel like you are battling against a faceless company with far more resources than you. We will not allow you to be reduced to a faceless statistic. Instead, we speak out for you and work to bring the other side’s negligence to light.
Defects in Seatbelt & Seatback Failure Cases
Our lawyers serving Gainesville can help identify the faulty mechanism that caused your seatbelt or seatback to fail. For example, your injuries may have been caused by:
- Belts that did not stay taut
- Belts that frayed or tore
- Latches that failed
- Latches that did not fully lock
- Seats that did not stay upright
- Seats that crumpled under force
To prove these failures were due to a flaw rather than a natural consequence of the crash, we can compile a body of evidence that may include:
- Damaged parts
- Medical records
- Photos and videos
- Police reports
- Expert analysis
- Witness testimony
- Similar cases
For instance, we can point to similar cases where the same seatbelt or seatback defect caused a person’s injury. Expert witnesses can explain what part of the seatbelt or seatback was poorly designed, produced, or installed. Medical records and photos can help tie the product’s flaw to your injuries.
In other words, our use of evidence forges a link between the liable party, the faulty part, and your injuries, entitling you to damages for what you suffered.
How Long You Have to File
Florida generally allows four years to file a lawsuit for a faulty product and two years for wrongful death (Florida Statutes § 95.11). However, some factors can lengthen or shorten this time window. Part of our role in evaluating your case involves identifying your specific deadline.
Gainesville Seatbelt & Seatback Failure Lawyer Near Me 855-686-6752
Our Team Is Ready to Begin Investigating Your Case
Faulty seatbelts and seatbacks can cause significant injuries, whether you were in a high-speed crash on the notoriously busy I-75 or simply rear-ended at a light. Our seatbelt and seatback failure attorneys help Gainesville victims receive the recognition and compensation they deserve. Call Bogin, Munns & Munns today for a free consultation.