Broken Seat Back Attorneys

Representing Victims Injured by Broken Seat Backs

In an automobile, a seat back refers to the upright section of a car seat. A properly designed seat back will work to minimize damage to a driver or passenger’s neck, back, and skull in the event of a collision. When a vehicle’s seat backs fail to function correctly during a crash, the automobile’s occupants may sustain serious injuries – or even death.

At The Potts Law Firm, we are all about our clients and results. Our broken seat back lawyers are familiar with how to strategically handle auto defect lawsuits, and we can help you hold responsible parties accountable. Our track record speaks for itself: We have recovered over a billion dollars for our clients, and we are ready to put our extensive experience to work for you. After reviewing your circumstances, our team can help you understand your legal options and the types of damages you may be able to recover. Securing the compensation that you need to move forward is important to us, and we will make every effort to favorably resolve your case as swiftly as possible.

If your injuries in a vehicular accident were exacerbated by a broken seatback, schedule a free initial consultation by contacting us online or calling (888) 420-1299. Our firm offers same-day appointments and provides services in English and Spanish.

Why Are Defective or Broken Seat Backs Dangerous?

Broken seat backs can cause injuries and death in part due to seat belt restraints failing to keep passengers secure when an accident occurs. Crash test dummy footage has shown seat back failures can cause driver and passenger seats to collapse backward when the vehicle is hit by another automobile 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.

Common Injuries in Broken Seat Back Accidents

Several automobile 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 suffered catastrophic spinal cord, back, and head injuries due to defective seat backs.

Our broken seat back attorneys can represent you if you or a loved one sustained any of the following injuries after an accident involving a defective car seat:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Paralysis and spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

Who Is Liable for a Broken Seat Back That Causes Injury?

When you ride in a vehicle with safety features, including seat backs, you expect them to function as designed. If your seat back fails and collapses in an accident, there is a possibility the component was defective. In these instances, you may be able to hold one or more parties responsible for damages.

Depending on the circumstances of the defect, you may be able to successfully sue:

  • The vehicle manufacturer
  • The defective seat back’s designer
  • The defective seat back’s manufacturer
  • The defective seat back’s installation or testing team

To win the case and recover compensation, you must prove that a defect or flaw in the seat back made it unreasonably dangerous. Defects tend to occur at the design stage (meaning there is some sort of engineering or construction failure present in every unit of the seat back that injured you) or at the manufacturing stage (meaning a factory error led to some units being defective).

In addition to proving the existence of a dangerous defect, you must also show the defect caused or worsened your injuries. You will not have a case if you were not actually injured, even if you establish that your car’s seat backs are defective.

What Damages Can I Recover in a Broken Seat Back Lawsuit?

You can potentially recover compensation for monetary and non-monetary damages in a broken car seat lawsuit, but you have to act quickly. Each state has its own statute of limitations for auto defect cases, and if you wait too long, you will be unable to recover anything.

Our broken seat back lawyers will fight to recover maximum compensation for all losses, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

Do not wait to discuss your case with us if you or someone you love suffered serious injuries due to a defective seat back. Contact us online or call (888) 420-1299 today.

How Can an Attorney Help Me?

When you go up against a vehicle or car seat manufacturer, you should assume they will have considerable legal and financial resources. Losing a product liability lawsuit can negatively affect these companies’ reputations and bottom lines, so they will work aggressively to defend themselves. You need your own legal advocate who is equipped to help you navigate complex legal proceedings and protect your interests in and out of the courtroom.

Taking on large defendants in product liability cases is what we do at The Potts Law Firm. We will help ensure you take legal action time before the statute of limitations expires, investigate the case, gather evidence (including any necessary expert testimony), and fight to deliver an optimal resolution. Our legal professionals are fierce litigators who can provide the powerful representation needed to win.


If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q:Can You Settle My Broken Seat Back Case Before Filing a Lawsuit or Going to Trial?


    If time permits and we believe there is a good chance the negotiations will be taken seriously by the defendant, we will often provide voluntary information and make a settlement demand before we proceed with a lawsuit. The goal is to get you a fair settlement as quickly as possible. We will always involve you in these decisions and never do anything without your permission.

  • Q:Where Will My Broken Seat Back Lawsuit Be Filed?


    Your lawsuit will only be filed if we are unable to negotiate a settlement. If a lawsuit is necessary, it will likely be filed in the state the accident and injury occurred. In some circumstances, we may be able to file your case where the defendant is headquartered, is a registered agent, or does business. If the case involves a design defect, we may be able to file where the original negligent design of the seat back was developed.

  • Q:What Do You Charge for a Broken Seat Back Lawsuit?


    Our firm typically takes cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we win or settle your case. If there is no recovery, you owe us no legal fees. We advance all case expenses, so we will not ask you to pay anything out-of-pocket.

  • Q:How Long Will a Broken Seat Back Case Last?


    It depends. Any court case, whether filed in federal or state court, must get behind other cases that have already been filed. With these waiting periods in mind, many cases involving auto defects take one to two years to resolve, but each lawsuit will have its own timeline. These product liability matters are generally complicated and expensive cases to try, which is why we will often try to resolve your case out-of-court in an effort to avoid a costly, drawn-out legal battle. If a settlement cannot be reached, we are always ready to go to trial.


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