When to Consider a Crashworthiness Case
A crashworthiness case is usually the lawyer's last
resort. At the same time, in the face of catastrophic
injury or death from an automotive crash, and in the
absence of obvious liability against another financially
responsible defendant, the possibility of a crashworthiness
case should be considered from the outset for two reasons:
First, is the need to gather and preserve important
physical evidence which can easily be lost unless steps
are taken for its preservation;
Second, but equally important, is the need to avoid
strategic mistakes which may weaken a viable crashworthiness
case. For example, an insurance carrier may offer to
pay the policy limits for an obviously liable defendant
with a minimum $25,000 policy. Often, such an offer
should not be accepted! The settlement would mean nothing
to a quadriplegic with hundreds of thousands of dollars
of medical bills, but could give a liable automotive
manufacturer a $4 million credit against a $20 million
verdict several years later.
Perry & Haas does not offer any guarantee of
Past success in litigation does not guarantee success in any new or future
Our web site describes some of the cases that the attorneys of Perry & Haas have worked on in the past.
Our description of those cases is summary in nature.
You should be aware that the results obtained in each of the cases we have
worked on was dependent on the particular facts of each case. The results of
other cases will differ based on the different facts involved.