Cases of automatic car door injuries have been on the rise over the past few years. The cause for these injuries is a feature known as Soft-Close Automatic Doors (SCAD) which is found in luxury vehicles such as BMW. With this technology, car doors shut on their own when slightly ajar or when they recognize attempts to close them. It comes in handy when you find yourself in tight parking spaces or when you’re in a hurry and forget to lock your car door properly.
The problem with automatic car doors is that they’re unable to detect objects and will crush anything on their path. Many people have had their fingers badly severed as a result of this technological flaw. It’s quite shocking considering that it is a feature in high-end vehicles which are built to increase convenience and keep the owners safe.
Having a finger(s) permanently disfigured might seem insignificant but the reality is that it’s life altering. The nerve and tissue damage and accompanying pain takes a toll on victims. The good thing is, an injured person can press charges against the car manufacturers and get compensated for the damage caused by the defective automatic car doors.
Personal injury law provides victims of car door injuries the right to file a lawsuit against the car makers. The process of filing for a claim is usually tedious and this is where we come in. With our extensive experience in handling automatic car door injury clients, we are ready to represent you.
We understand the pain and trauma that results from automatic car door injuries. Victims incur medical expenses and have to make major adjustments in their lives. The long-term effects of such an injury are clearly evident, and it can be worse if you’re the breadwinner of your family and you’re unable to perform certain vital duties.
When you find yourself in such a situation, it’s in your best interest to get in touch with a skilled lawyer who will hold your hand through the entire process of filing for a claim. We will only require you to furnish us with adequate information on the injury so that we can build a strong case for you. We will handle all the paperwork and use all our resources to expedite your claim. We have been able to successfully represent a couple of automatic car door injury clients.
One involved Alexis Fields, a Long Island resident. In 2016, she had driven her 750Li BMW to have lunch then drop her child at a Halloween party. She parked on the street and while her hand was resting on the doorframe, the soft-close feature activated and the door slammed, crushing her thumb. Although she sought medical help and had her finger fixed, she still experienced pain and found it difficult to perform house chores and tasks such as writing with a pen.
Another client of ours, Theodore Levy, underwent a similar experience. The 81-year old Florida man had his thumb mangled when the door of his Jaguar XJL R automatically closed as he was exiting. Unfortunately for him, he lost a portion of his thumb as doctors couldn’t sew back the part that was cut off. He claimed that with the injury, he has limited movements, feels pain daily and has reduced motor ability.
The examples highlighted above show just how devastating an automatic car door injury can be. Yet this is something that could have been avoided if the car manufacturers fixed the defect. Since victims are not at fault, they deserve to be full compensation.
At Cohen Montalto P.C., we use our vast experience in personal injury law to help you acquire what’s rightfully yours. We know the pain and suffering that is caused by automatic car door injuries and will be dedicated to helping you file a lawsuit against your car maker. What’s more, you won’t pay a dime for help with the legal process. We will only charge when we win the case/you obtain a settlement.