Few things in life are more frustrating than a flat tire. However, when you have the right tools and equipment to change that flat, the interruption in your day could be relatively limited. That is why many drivers elect to remove the basic scissor jack that comes with most vehicles and replace it with a hydraulic bottle jack. These units get their name because they compress to look like a small bottle and use hydraulic fluid to lift a vehicle.
The benefits of the hydraulic bottle jack include fitting into a small space for storage and being able to fit into a tight garage or parking area along the road for use. But no mechanical device is perfect and will function flawlessly every time. So, even when using a hydraulic bottle jack, consumers should be aware of the issues that could occur to result in a jack failure.
In addition, if you or a loved one have recently suffered an injury due to a hydraulic bottle jack failure, the staff at DTLA Law Group is here to provide the information and possible solutions you need to get back on your feet. We understand that the injuries sustained in a hydraulic bottle jack failure incident can be significant and create many financial hardships. Our staff is here 24/7 to provide answers and information to help ease your stress and schedule your free consultation with a skilled and seasoned hydraulic bottle jack defect injury lawyer. Soon, you will have an expert evaluation of the legal merit of your claim and know if a hydraulic bottle jack defect injury lawsuit is a possible solution for you and your loved ones. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with DTLA Law Group today to learn more.
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What Defects Or Issues Cause A Hydraulic Bottle Jack To Fail?
As a piece of equipment that you can hold in one hand, you are sure to think that a hydraulic bottle jack is a very simple device, And as such, there should be few reasons for it to fail and cause severe injuries to the user or anyone nearby. However, there are actually many critical features or parts of the unit that allow the hydraulic bottle jack to be very small but mighty in the service it provides.
Some of the common problems that you could encounter using a hydraulic bottle jack include:
The handle used to elevate the piston and raise the vehicle bends or breaks
There is not enough hydraulic fluid in the unit
A failure of the internal hydraulic fluid filler
The pump handle is defective
The unit’s release value fails to reduce the pressure, causing it to fail
The piston pump is damaged or defective
The cylinder seal is damaged or defective
The unit was shipped without the proper amount of hydraulic fluid
The body of the jack was damaged or defective
There was air introduced into the unit when the hydraulic fluid was being filled, and the lift did not function properly
The jack lift weight was improperly tested or determined
The base of the hydraulic bottle jack was damaged or defective
The bracket used to support the load was damaged or defective
While you might be able to identify some of these issues visually, the average person will have no idea that a hydraulic bottle jack is defective or about to fail until the worst happens. They will also not be able to understand minor issues such as an odd clicking sound or difficult or varied pump pressure that could be an indication of trouble. If you have suffered an injury due to the use of a hydraulic bottle jack, please get in touch with DTLA Law Group immediately to discuss the details of the incident and determine if you have grounds for a hydraulic bottle jack defect injury lawsuit to secure the compensation that is owed you for your injuries and losses.
Who Could Be To Blame For My Hydraulic Bottle Jack Accident Injuries?
The manufacturer is often to blame when you purchase a defective item. In the case of a hydraulic bottle jack, the manufacturer is obligated to deliver a safe and functional product that is free of known defects or hazards. They are also required to perform safety testing and rate the unit for the weight that it can safely lift. So, if you were using the hydraulic bottle jack within the safe operating specifications of the manufacturer and it failed, typically, it is defective, and the maker is to blame for the defect and your injuries and losses.
It is also critical to know that a vendor could be liable for the injuries caused by a defective unit that was recalled. In some claims, a seller chooses not to stop selling items that were recalled due to a defect or safety concern. If that is the case for your hydraulic bottle jack, the seller could be held responsible for your injuries. The experienced hydraulic bottle jack defect injury lawyers at DTLA Law Group will help you understand who is to blame for your injuries and if you can sue for the losses and damages you suffered.
The Life-Altering Injuries Caused When A Hydraulic Bottle Jack Fails
Sadly, when a hydraulic bottle jack fails, the injuries suffered are often severe. The victim was often under the vehicle and could have remained trapped there for an extended time until help could arrive. The injuries suffered often include:
Shattered bones and compound fractures
Traumatic brain injuries
Damage to the airway
Severe soft tissue and nerve damage and destruction
Crushing injuries to the chest and torso cause damage to the heart, lungs, and other vital organs
Destruction of joints and their soft connective tissue
In addition to the horrendous physical injuries suffered by the victim, added emotional trauma and challenges often arise that include night terrors, anxiety, depression, and severe stress. Part of the emotional trouble is related to the memories of being trapped under a vehicle. At the same time, some worry more about how to handle the massive medical debt and other expenses created due to their injuries and inability to work.
How Much Is A Hydraulic Bottle Jack Defect Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The value of your lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective hydraulic bottle jack will be based on the actual expenses and losses suffered due to your injuries. Your legal team at DTLA Law Group will assist you in gathering all the data and information needed to determine the value of your claim. The common items included in the claim will be:
All current and future medical costs associated with the hydraulic bottle jack failure incident
The value of any personal property damaged or destroyed in the incident
Your lost wages if your injuries prevented you from returning to work
Legal fees from DTLA Law Group to prepare and litigate your hydraulic bottle jack defect injury lawsuit
When the injuries suffered by the victim are severe and require an extended recovery time, a dollar amount can be added to the claim to compensate for pain and suffering. This amount is not clearly documented, so your DTLA Law Group legal team will assist you in selecting a fair and reasonable amount based on previous cases they have handled. Finally, an amount can be included for punitive damages in claims involving gross negligence of the manufacturer or a party in the supply chain, such as ignoring a recall or continuing to produce and sell an item known to be defective.
The Statute Of Limitations
The Statute of Limitations provides two years for the injury victim to file a claim with the court system for their losses and damages. If the case is not filed in that time, the victim will most likely lose the right to seek compensation. If any exceptions apply to you or your claim, your legal team will explain them and the possible benefits they offer.
Getting The Best Hydraulic Bottle Jack Defect Injury Lawyer
The DTLA Law Group team is dedicated to ensuring justice is served for all personal injury victims. In addition, our goal is to meet your needs for exceptional legal services without adding to your stress and financial issues. To accomplish these tasks, we never charge any upfront legal fees or expenses when we are hired to handle your hydraulic bottle jack defect injury lawsuit. Instead, we only get paid for our work and the fees we pay to the court system after we have secured the compensation needed to pay your legal and medical bills as well as other expenses related to your injuries.
Finally, if we fail to win your hydraulic bottle jack defect injury lawsuit, you owe us nothing for our work or the fees we paid on your behalf. We never want to add to a client’s issues or stress because we failed to win a case. In addition, we hope that this policy will provide the peace of mind you need, knowing we are fully confident in our ability to win your claim and deliver the money you need to overcome your losses and damages caused by your injuries.
Please contact DTLA Law Group today and know that our team of dedicated and caring legal experts will work tirelessly to ensure you can overcome the challenges of your injuries. We want you to be able to return to a normal and happy life while enjoying the financial stability and security you deserve.
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