Broken Seat Backs

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In an automobile, a seat back refers to the upright section of a car seat. When vehicle seat backs fail to work as they are intended during a collision, serious injury or death may occur to the driver and other passengers.

A common cause of injury and death involving broken seat backs is due, in part, to seat belt restraints failing to keep passengers secure in their seat at the time of an accident. Crash test video footage shows seat back failures can cause driver and passenger seats to collapse backward when being hit by another vehicle from behind; this impact causes vehicle occupants to be propelled into the backseat area of the car, resulting in injury to both the front and rear passengers.

Several manufacturers have experienced issues with seat backs failing to withstand the impact of a car crash. In relatively low-speed collisions, drivers and passengers have had catastrophic spinal cord, back, and head injuries due to defective seat backs.  If you are a family member have had your seat collapse or fail during an automobile crash, contact The Potts Law Firm to see how we can help you.

Common Damages
  • Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Traumatic brain Injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Death to a loved one or family member
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does an auto defect case take to complete?

Taking on large defendants in products liability cases is what we do at the Potts Law Firm. Any court case, whether filed in federal or state court, must get behind other cases that are already filed.  Many auto defect cases take one or two years to resolve, but each lawsuit will have its own timeline. These product liability lawsuits are generally complicated and expensive cases to try.  We often will attempt to resolve your case out of court prior to filing to avoid a lawsuit. But, if a settlement cannot be reached, we will proceed to a trial. We are trial attorneys.

What do you charge for my product’s liability lawsuit?

We only take cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we win or settle your case. If there is no recovery, you will owe no attorney’s fees. We advance all case expenses, so we will not ask you to pay any costs out of pocket.

Where will my case be filed?

Your case will typically be filed only if we are unable to settle your case. If your case is filed, it will likely be filed in the state the accident or injury occurred. Our auto defect attorneys may also be able to file your case where the defendant is headquartered, a registered agent or does business. We also can file where the original negligent design of the product occurred.

Can you settle my case before filing a lawsuit or trial?

If time permits and we think there is a good chance your case will be taken seriously by a defendant, we often will provide voluntary information and make a settlement demand to resolve your case without a trial. Of course, we only do this with the client’s permission and active involvement.

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