Phoenix Seatbelt Injury Attorney
It is no secret that seatbelts save lives. Almost 50% of those who died in car accidents in 2017 were not wearing seatbelts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Yet what many people do not realize is that sometimes seatbelts are what cause personal injuries in auto accidents.
Seatbelt injuries may be less serious than the injuries a person may have suffered without wearing one, but they can still cause significant damage. Seatbelt injuries could lead to long-lasting physical harm, including organ damage and spinal cord injuries. After suffering a seatbelt-related injury in an auto accident in Arizona, contact the lawyers at Gallagher & Kennedy for legal counsel. We may be able to file a claim on your behalf against an at-fault driver, seatbelt manufacturer or another party.
Why Choose Gallagher & Kennedy?
- Our firm has helped accident victims throughout the state for the last several decades. We have earned a reputation as the premier personal injury firm in Arizona.
- Our lawyers have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for injured accident victims and family members during wrongful death claims.
- Our attorneys have years of experience handling vehicle product liability claims, including cases involving defective seatbelts.
- Our law firm charges $0 for attorneys’ services unless our lawyers are successful in obtaining financial awards for their clients.
When To Contact an Attorney
Seatbelt injuries are often serious, causing significant damage to different parts of the body. If you suffered a serious injury because of a seatbelt in Arizona, an attorney could help you argue for fair compensation from an insurance provider. You may have a lawsuit against the negligent driver that crashed into you and caused your accident, or against a vehicle manufacturer for a defective seatbelt. Our lawyers can help you identify the cause of your injuries to better assess your legal rights.
Types of Seatbelt Injuries
Some seatbelt injuries stem from auto part defects while others happen even when the seatbelt functions as the manufacturer intended. The heavy impact of the body against the lap and shoulder belts in a collision could cause bruising, muscle strains and other injuries even when the seatbelt works properly. If the seatbelt malfunctions, however, it could fail and cause more severe injuries because of the defect.
- Intestinal injuries
- Bladder damage
- Colon obstruction
- Lung damage
- Respiratory tract injury
- Back or spine injuries
- Nerve damage
- Muscle strains
You may have a seatbelt injury if, following a collision, you experience stomach pains, constipation, bloody urine, high blood pressure, abscesses, incontinence, neck pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, trouble breathing or weakness in the legs after an auto accident. These are all potential symptoms of what a doctor may refer to as seatbelt syndrome. Take these warning signs seriously. See a doctor right away if you notice these issues after a collision.
Speak to a Seatbelt Injury Attorney Today
A seatbelt might be the last thing you expect to injure you during a car accident. Wearing your seatbelt should save your life rather than cause more significant injuries. Unfortunately, defective seatbelts could do more harm than good in a crash. Even a properly functioning seatbelt could injure your abdomen, back or neck. If you suffered any type of seatbelt injury in a car crash in Arizona, Gallagher & Kennedy can help you take the correct steps toward financial compensation.
Our Phoenix car accident lawyers can review your case, evaluate your losses and determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit against a seatbelt manufacturer, distracted driver or another party. If so, we can take care of the complicated claims process while you recover from your injuries. Trust our lawyers with your case, and we can conquer any obstacles that may come between you and a fair compensation award. We are not afraid to take a complex case to court if necessary to get you the best result. Request a free consultation now at (602) 530-8400.