Product Liability: Helmets
Helmets have dramatically improved the safety of many different sports and types of transportations. If you’re in a motorcycle accident, a helmet can save your life. A bicycle helmet on a child can help to prevent brain injuries or potential skull fractures. In the vast majority of cases, helmets greatly improve personal safety for the people who wear them. Sadly, not all helmets are manufactured up to appropriate and adequate safety standards. Sometimes, helmets have manufacturing flaws or design defects that can actually put consumers at risk of injury, rather than protecting them from injury.Bicycle Helmet Defects
Few things are more important than protecting one’s brain. We slap a helmet on and head out the door on our bicycles and motorcycles with confidence and trust in our safety and protective gear. Since many people cycle or near roadways, it’s critical to have adequate head protection. A helmet is the best way to protect yourself when you take to the roads on your bicycle. If a bicycle helmet is defective, you can be at risk for catastrophic and potentially fatal injuries if you’re in a wreck. If you’re hit by a car and ejected from your bicycle, you need your helmet to stay on your head and protect you from injury.Traumatic Brain Injury and Defective Helmets
When helmets are defectively designed or manufactured poorly, they can leave consumers vulnerable to head injuries like concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and depending upon the severity of your injury, you could be looking at weeks, months or years of rehabilitation or even a lifelong permanent injury. Helmets, more than any other type of safety equipment have the unique duty of protecting your most important organ.Defective Motorcycle Helmets
Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable roadway user groups. One of the best ways that a motorcycle rider can improve his or her personal safety is through the use of a helmet. In the event of a crash, your helmet should help to prevent, protect and potentially mitigate potentially severe, catastrophic or deadly injuries. Where motorcycles are concerned, the stakes are high. Even a crash at relatively low speeds can send a rider over the handlebars and into the asphalt. The integrity of a motorcycle helmet is of the utmost importance. You need a helmet to perform, when your life is on the line.Catastrophic Injuries and Expenses Associated With Defective Helmets
Obviously, the most important aspect of a helmet is the protection of one’s head, skull, face and brain. When helmets are defective, the results can be devastating, catastrophic or even fatal. A loved one injured by a defective helmet might have a permanent irreversible TBI. Head injuries can be extremely serious and impact one’s ability to take care of daily tasks and have a good quality of life. Hospital expenses and long-term medical care costs associated with head injuries can be astronomical. Injury expenses are often coupled with a loss of income, if the injured person was a breadwinner. In some cases, a loved one might also have to miss work to provide care for the injured person. It can be difficult for families to make ends meet after an accident involving a defective helmet.Helmet Defects in Youth Sports
Another concern where helmet integrity is concerned is youth sports. Children, whose brains are still developing, need adequate protection from head injuries and concussions. The primary concern is still football. Inadequate or defective helmets can put children at risk for lifelong brain injuries. With emerging research about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) coming to light, parents are rightly concerned about the risks associated with youth sports. These risks are even greater when helmets have design or manufacturing defects.Defective Helmet Lawyer in Jackson
Helmets are supposed to prevent injuries and protect us from potentially deadly head injuries. When helmets are defective or malfunction, consumers are put at risk. Unfortunately, sometimes, the only way to know if your helmet is defective is to have it fail when you or a loved one needs it the most. If you suspect a helmet defect caused your loved one’s injury, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer who has proven product liability case experience as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a defective helmet in or around the Jackson Metro area, contact the skilled and proven Product Liability team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for a free case consultation today.