Injuries from Helmet Defects
Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyers Who've Won Billions
Any injury to the brain can cause catastrophic and life altering damages. In order to protect our brains, we wear helmets during sporting or recreational activities such as football, hockey, baseball, skateboarding, rollerblading, skiing, snowboarding, or bicycle, motorcycle or horseback riding. We are under the impression that helmets are supposed to keep our brains safe and protected from a head injury.
Unfortunately, faulty designs, defective parts, inadequate materials, and reused helmets can cause significant brain or spinal cord damage. When a helmet fails to provide adequate protection, it can lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), brain hemorrhages, skull fractures, severe concussions, life-altering spinal cord injury, and potentially fatal consequences. If you or a loved one suffered a severe head or spine injuries while wearing a helmet, The Beasley Firm can investigate the case in order to determine if the helmet was defective.
Our Philadelphia product liability attorneys commit all of our skill and resources to every case we handle. As a result, we've achieved:
- $1.9 million for a young man paralyzed by his defective sports helmet
- Over 300 million and multi-million dollar verdicts & settlements
- More than $2 billion in court results and awards for our clients
- The two largest verdict awards in Pennsylvania history ($907 million & $104 million)
- Firm-wide selection to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list
The Beasley Firm utilizes a network of experts in biomechanics, product manufacturing, and medicine in order to prepare cases for trial. Our full-time staff includes 5 doctors and nurses, with 60 collective years of hospital experience-we know on a medical and personal level the costs of a severe head injury, and our combined knowledge helps us prepare thorough, meticulous, and effective cases. This approach has been key to our success as the leading product liability firm in Pennsylvania, both in skill and results.
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Helmet Performance Failure Risks to Athletes
Mark Daniels, a young football player, was awarded $1,500,000 by a Texas jury after he suffered massive head and brain injuries during a football practice when his helmet collided with a teammate's. The jury found that Rawlings, the large helmet company who made the product, manufactured the product defectively and failed to warn Daniels that it would not protect him against certain types of brain injuries.
Another young high school football player, James Arnold, suffered a fractured spine, which caused permanent paraplegia and respirator or breathing tube dependence when he collided head first with an opposing player while trying to recover a fumble. Riddell, the helmet company that also supplies the NFL with helmets, was found to have manufactured the helmet defectively and failed to warn Arnold and other consumers that it did not protect against certain neck injuries. The jury awarded Arnold over $12 million in damages.
The Risks of Helmet Reconditioning
What many people are unaware of is that almost every school, university, or community sports teams use the reconditioning process or re-uses the same helmets over and over again for years. During the reconditioning process, the helmets are inspected for signs of damage or wear such as cracks, dents, chipped paint and padding wear.
If any signs of wear or damage are detected, the helmets are sent to a reconditioning plant for repairs. The helmets that pass inspection are then sent back to the schools or sports teams for use during the next season. However, many times different replacement parts are used that lead to an unsafe helmet.
How Can Helmets Have Design Defects?
Sometimes, a helmet can have a design flaw or was manufactured improperly and thus, inherently dangerous from the start. Common design defects in helmets include a thin shell on the exterior of the helmet unable to withstand blunt force and cracking on impact, inadequate padding on the interior unable to absorb a blow to the head, or a defective chin strap, fastener, buckle, or snap that may result in the helmet coming off the head prior to impact. Our Philadelphia product liability attorneys have seen firsthand the results of poorly designed helmets.
In addition, while a company may design a helmet properly, it may not take the time, care and money to ensure that the parts they use work properly and are not defective. In order to be sold, motorcycle helmets must meet the minimum safety requirements laid out by the Department of Transportation. Despite the fact that this standard is only a minimum one and is not difficult to meet, many helmets do not meet those safety standards but are still sold to consumers.
Because a consumer who buys a helmet of any kind assumes that it will protect them in the case of any violent collision or accident, helmets must contain adequate warnings of any dangers that the product will not protect against. Because you rely upon a helmet to keep you safe when participating in potentially dangerous activities like playing football or riding a motorcycle, you have a right to be properly warned of the helmet's limitations.
Justice for Catastrophically Injured Consumers
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, or other devastating injury following a helmet failure, the Philadelphia helmet failure lawyers at The Beasley Firm are here to help you.
We will help you obtain compensation for the thousands of dollars in medical expenses you have been forced to pay, the income you have lost from not being able to work, and the severe pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the careless behavior of the company who defectively designed or manufactured your helmet.
Since 1958, the legendary Philadelphia product liability lawyers of The Beasley Firm have been awarded in excess of $2 billion dollars and have sustained hundreds of verdicts, settlements, and awards in excess of $1 million dollars. More importantly, we have experience litigating against defective helmet manufacturers, and we have already won millions on behalf of people injured by helmet failure.
If you or a loved one has been wrongfully injured or killed due to helmet failure, please contact our experienced attorneys at (215) 866-2424.