Sacramento Product Liability Attorneys

Were You Injured Because of a Defective Helmet?

Because a brain injury often has permanent and devastating consequences, we do our best to protect our head from injury when we are engaged in any potentially dangerous activities. Often, our first line of defense in protecting our head and brain is a helmet. The use of helmets ranges from riding a motorcycle to rock climbing to skateboarding. When we put a helmet on, we are putting our faith in the helmet's manufacturer that the helmet will do what it is designed to do, protect the precious content of our skulls.

Unfortunately, helmets do not always do what they are supposed to do, and the result can be a life-changing brain injury. A helmet that fails for any reason can result in a range of damage from a concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Helmet failures also have the potential to lead to permanent paralysis and even death. At Piering Law Firm, our Sacramento product liability lawyers have dealt with cases involving faulty and defective helmets.

If you have been injured after you relied on a helmet to protect you, contact the firm today at (916) 476-2399.

Helmet Wear or Damage

When a student signs up to participate in a school sport where a helmet is a necessary piece of safety equipment, no one tells him or her that the team helmets have been reused by the team year after year. Schools almost always are providing their students the protection of used helmets. There is typically a reconditioning process, where the helmets are inspected for obvious damage. However, the integrity of a helmet can be compromised even when there are no blatantly obvious cracks or dents.

Even with the reconditioning process, students are left relying on second-rate helmets. Often, the reconditioning process involves replacing missing or broken parts of the helmet. These replacement parts sometimes do not fit the helmet and end up compromising the integrity of the reconditioned helmet. However, because it looks like it is as good as new, the student relies on the helmet's ability to protect his or her head.

Design Defects in Helmets

Like any product, helmets are manufactured of various parts. The safety of a helmet is dependent upon the proper design and manufacture of each piece of the helmet. If any single element is off, the ability of the helmet to do what it was built to do can result in serious injury or death. There have been lawsuits in the recent past where helmet manufacturers have been taken to court when a helmet's failure has led to the serious injury of an athlete. Unfortunately, with helmets, it is often difficult or impossible to recognize a design defect by simply visually inspecting it.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or even death because of the failure of a helmet, contact the products liability lawyers of Piering Law Firm in Sacramento. You can also call us at (916) 476-2399. Our attorneys take these cases on a contingency basis, so the only way you pay us is if we win your case.

Settlements & Verdicts

Piering Law Firm Has Achieved Notable Results in a Wide Range of Cases
  • $5,000,000 Wrongful Death

    A wrongful death judgment secured for a child who lost his mother as a result of domestic violence.

  • $4,893,830 Wrongful Death

    Complex wrongful death motorcycle accident involving product liability claims against both helmet and motorcycle luggage manufacturers.

  • $3,609,600 Knee Amputation

    Motorcycle vs. automobile collision resulting in below knee amputation. Client was riding motorcycle and defendant pulled out in front of him, resulting in a severe injury to client's leg, which ultimately led to the amputation of his leg, just below the knee.

  • $2,500,000 Serious Injuires

    Case involving serious injuries to a motorcycle rider who was involved in an accident with a shuttle bus on the freeway in San Francisco.

  • $2,000,000 Wrongful Death

    A settlement in a wrongful death action as a result of a crash that took the life of a motorcyclist.

  • $2,000,000 Against Bar/Security Company

    34-year-old software sales associate out with friends drinking at a bar in San Francisco. After a few hours, he leaves the bar to go home and gets in an argument outside of the club with a security guard.

  • $2,000,000 Trucking Accident

    Recovery for the victim of a rear-end traffic collision with a big rig that resulted in a neck injury.

  • $1,700,000 Trucking Accident

    Verdict received after trial for the victim of a rear-end traffic collision involving a commercial trucking company.

  • $1,300,000 Head-On Collision

    A policy limit settlement involving a head-on collision on a notoriously dangerous stretch of highway between State Highway 99 in Sacramento and Marysville, commonly known as "blood alley".

  • $1,250,000 Pedestrian Wrongful Death

    The defendant's primary limits of $250,000 were tendered in response to a conditional limit demand that required disclosure of all other coverages. The defendant had an excess policy of $1,000,000.00 which was tendered along with the primary limits.

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