Arm and Wrist Injuries Caused by Airbags
The hands are one of the most useful parts of the human body. We all depend on our hands, arms and wrists to a great extent. This is why injuries to these vital parts can not only be very painful but also extremely frustrating.
In fact, depending on your profession, if you are a surgeon, pianist, or violinist, an injury to your arms or wrist can spell the end of your career.
Arm and wrist injuries can be caused by a variety of factors. One of the most common causes is the inflation of airbags.
Generally, when a collision occurs, car airbags inflate to protect the occupants of the car. However, since most of us usually have one or both hands on the steering wheel when driving, it is easy for the airbags to cause serious injury when they inflate.
Apart from the severe arm and wrist injuries that can be caused by airbags, other causes of these injuries include:
- Impact with hard parts of the car during collision;
- Pinning of arms and hands by objects after collision;
- Being thrown out of the car during impact;
- Jarring of the arms and wrists during impact with another vehicle
Common Arm and Wrist Injuries
A lot of painful injuries can result from sudden inflation of automobile airbags. These can include:
- Fractured or broken wrists, knuckles, broken fingers, or crushed hands;
- Sprains of the arm or wrist caused by stretched ligaments;
- Partial or complete tearing of the ligaments;
- Dislocation of joints;
- Tendon damage caused by inflammation of the tendons.
If left untreated, this can lead to Tendonitis.
Can You Take Legal Action?
Medical bills for arm and wrist injuries can set you back thousands of dollars. If your occupation requires the use of your hands, you can also lose thousands more in wages pending the time you are able to work again and much more, if you are unable to use those hands again.
You have the ability to pursue compensation in this situation. Depending on the circumstances of the accident that caused your arm or wrist injuries, you may be able to sue the other driver or the producer of the airbags that caused the injury.
If you were in a collision with another driver who you believe is at fault, you may be able to file a lawsuit against that driver. In order to succeed in your claim, though, you would need to show that the other party was at fault. You can show this by bringing evidence that he or she drove recklessly or carelessly.
If the airbags inflated themselves without any impact or because of any other operational malfunction, you could hold the manufacturers of the airbags responsible under Texas product liability law. They have a duty to ensure that the airbags conform to the best safety and operational standards. If you have been injured because they failed to live up to this duty, you can hold them responsible.
Have Questions? Speak to a Houston Car Accident Injury Lawyer Today
If you were badly injured in a collision after your airbags deployed, you need to get in touch with the Houston personal injury lawyers at Michael P. Fleming & Associates today. We offer free consultations 713-221-6800.