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The physical damages of seat belt constriction

Posted on November 3, 2014 12:15 pm under Automotive Defects

Seat belts are installed to provide an added layer of protection for occupants against the vehicle’s harmful movements when brakes are slammed or a collision occurs. If defectively designed, manufactured, or installed, however, seat belts may pose safety risks that could result in injuries and deaths. Among them are injuries sustained due to excessive seat belt compression.

In 2006, the Southern Medical Journal outlined the most common physical injuries associated with seat belt constriction. Among the most commonly reported are:

  • Sternal fractures – Symptoms are tenderness in the sternum (upper middle portion of the chest). Sternal fractures may damage the organs inside the rib cage, including the heart.
  • Intestinal injuries – Defective seat belts worn across the abdomen may cause peritonitis (inflammation of the thin layer of tissue inside the abdomen) and interruption of blood supply in the bowel, among many other injuries.

If you believe you have suffered because of a defective seat belt in Milwaukee, a seat belt defect lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is willing to explore with you the possibility of seeking compensation through a lawsuit. Call us at (414) 271-0900 and have your case assessed for free.