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Monday, August 28, 2017

When a Car Repair Goes Wrong

Q: Who is responsible for personal injuries sustained in an accident involving a car not repaired in accordance with the auto manufacturer’s repair manual?

"You hold the car's roof and I will apply the glue". A statement like that might conjure up an image of a parent and child playfully using glue while assembling a model car. Because no one would glue the roof onto a real car, right?

Unfortunately for one Texas couple now embroiled in a personal injury lawsuit, an auto collision shop worker admitted to using adhesive glue instead of welding to attach a new roof to a car damaged by hail dents.  

The alleged botched repair was done prior to the couple’s purchase of the car and without their knowledge. After taking ownership, the couple was subsequently involved in a car accident with the car and both were seriously injured. They claim the roof repair compromised the safety and structure of the vehicle and was to blame for the severity of their injuries after the extreme buckling of the mangled car. According to warnings in the auto manufacturer’s repair manual, people can be "killed or seriously injured" if the roof is not welded back onto the car’s body.

To prevail in a personal injury lawsuit, the injured victims have the burden of proving that their injuries were caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity. Sometimes liability is shared. Blame could be pointed at the other driver in a car accident. Other times the accident may be due to a product liability issue where a product fails to meet safety standards or be based on a faulty repair. A skilled personal injury attorney has the resources and knowledge to fully investigate each case to determine what party or parties may be held responsible.

Compensatory damages in a personal injury lawsuit may include the victim’s medical expenses from the accident, future medical or rehabilitation costs, lost wages, future lost or diminished earnings, property damage, pain and suffering, and more, depending on the particular circumstances. Sometimes, punitive damages may also be awarded.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or any accident, as the result of someone else's negligence, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sawicki Law Firm will fight to get you the compensation you're entitled to for your physical and psychological injuries. Contact us for a free consultation.

From our headquarters in Dallas, we serve clients throughout Texas as well as those injured while visiting.

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