Every Auto Crash with Serious Injuries or Death Should Be
Evaluated as a Potential Crashworthiness Lawsuit
Crashworthiness cases, also referred to as auto defect claims, are cases in which a vehicle, because of its unsafe design or the absence of necessary safety features, fails to adequately protect the occupants from injury in foreseeable crashes. Crashworthiness is a distinct area of legal practice, requiring extensive investigation and discovery. There is a need to retain multiple highly specialized experts who will conduct vehicle testing and/or prepare sophisticated computer simulations. Experts in automotive design, accident reconstruction, biomechanics, federal regulations, and specialized vehicle crash testing are required in almost every case.
Vehicle manufacturers have experienced lawyers and unlimited
money to defend against these complex claims, and they will often take a case
to verdict. Even for seasoned litigators with the mettle to take on the auto
industry, crashworthiness claims are generally not a realistic business option,
as they require a staggering bankroll ― hundreds of thousands of dollars in
case costs is common ― that many firms simply cannot afford.
Only catastrophic injury claims can support the necessary
level of financial investment.
Types of Crashworthiness Claims
Crashworthiness claims generally fall into nine major
Feldman Shepherd Is Accepting Crashworthiness Referrals
For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Feldman Shepherd have
been achieving multimillion-dollar recoveries in crashworthiness cases,
including eight-figure results in cases that other law firms turned down. We
are accepting referrals of new cases.
When you refer a potential crashworthiness case to our firm,
we evaluate all theories of liability that apply. The referring lawyer and
his/her client pay nothing, and if Feldman Shepherd determines that there is no
viable auto defect case, we will absorb the costs of the investigation and
expert consultations. Of course, if we find grounds for a crashworthiness
claim, we will pay a referral fee upon the successful conclusion of the case.
Under no circumstances will the referring lawyer share any of the financial
risks of the litigation. All fee-sharing arrangements are confirmed in writing,
and referral fees are paid promptly, typically on the same day that we receive
our share of the fee.
We welcome the opportunity to make a difference in the lives
of your seriously injured clients.
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