As a pediatrician, Sean Dormer’s wife spends a lot of time telling her patients and their parents about the importance of helmets. “What is the most important part of your entire body?” she asks her patients. “Your brain! That is why you always have to wear your helmet when you ride anything with wheels.” We have to be able to trust helmet makers to know that too. And they promise they do.
Unfortunately, helmet makers do not always live up to their promises. At Dormer Harpring, our product liability lawyers have seen defective bike helmets that were too weak. We have seen defective bike helmets that came off before impact even when worn correctly. We have seen defective football helmets make concussions worse. We’ve seen defective motorcycle helmets shatter on impact, allowing the rider’s head to hit the pavement.
And the same things show up in the news too often. Defective football helmets are not protecting players from repeated concussions. New research shows companies how to make safer helmets, but all-too-often, companies ignore it. All of these helmet defects can turn simple or survivable accidents into catastrophic or deadly injuries.
Colorado, like most states, has an area of law called product liability. Product liability law holds companies responsible when they make or sell defective helmets. If someone sustains an injury, or his or her injury is worsened because of a defective helmet, the law generally says the manufacturer has to pay for that person’s damages.
“Defective” means anything that makes a product unreasonably dangerous. Helmets can be defective for many reasons. Below, our Denver product liability lawyers list a few examples of situations that might mean a helmet is defective:
Keep in mind that the details surrounding your situation always matter. Skilled corporate defense lawyers can often twist the details of your situation to win. This is one reason you should have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side to fight for you.
Injuries from a defective helmet may include:
If you or a loved one suffered injury because of a defective helmet, speak with our Denver product liability lawyers. Even if a helmet is defective, it may be tough to hold the helmet maker responsible. This is because the injured person must prove that he or she was hurt at least in part because of the defect.
Our Denver product liability attorneys can help you recover the damages you need and deserve. Damages in a Colorado personal injury claim get broken down into three categories:
We have earned a reputation as “tough lawyers for tough cases.” Most of our cases involve severe and complex injuries, but we do this job because we want to help. It is free to call us and ask more about an injury you or a loved one sustained because of another’s unsafe behavior. If we decide to sign on as your attorneys, we work on a “contingent fee.” This means you only pay fees if we win. We can also advance case expenses, so you pay nothing until your case is over. Call Dormer Harpring today at (303) 747-4404 or fill out our simple online contact form.