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Common Injuries Caused By Air Bag Deployment

Wrecked White Car W : Deployed Airbag

Unfortunately, airbags bags cannot always prevent death or result in minor injury.  If someone is leaning very close or against the steering wheel or dashboard at the moment that the airbag deploys the force of the deployment could cause serious injury and even death. The recommended distance drivers stay away from the steering wheel by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is at least 10 inches. Below is a more comprehensive list of possible airbag injuries. The type and severity depends on several factors including speed, closeness to the airbag, and nature of the collision:

 

  • Abrasion to the face, chest or upper extremities
  • Contusion of the face, chest, upper extremities, knees or internal organs
  • Strain, fracture or blunt trauma to the cervical spine
  • Burns on the chest, upper extremities or hands
  • Fracture or break in the face, upper extremities or wrists
  • Fracture in the skull or rib cage
  • Loss of consciousness or concussion injuries
  • Bruising or swelling of the brain
  • Laceration to the veins, arteries, heart, lungs or brain stem
  • Laceration to the liver or spleen
  • Compression of the brain or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Rupture inside the heart muscle
  • Eye injury such as rupture to the globe, retinal tear, corneal abrasion or conjunctivitis
  • Hearing loss or ear trauma
  • Trauma to the fetus of a pregnant women or puncture in the placenta
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrist trauma and sprained fingers
  • Irritation in the throat, asthma attack or coughing
  • Irritation of the skin, also called airbag dermatitis

If you were involved in a car wreck and it wasn't your fault, we'd like to help. Please call us today at 225-383-9703 so we can discuss your injuries, get you onto the road of recover and begin the process of having the insurance company pay for the pain, suffering, and medical bills caused by their insured.