Defective Takata Airbag Claims Another Life

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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2017 – Toyota and Takata Corporation face yet another defective air bag lawsuit, this time in Connecticut.

The lawsuit in this matter was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut alleging a woman was killed when a faulty airbag device violently exploded during a moderate speed crash. The deceased victim was a passenger in a 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by her husband who sustained minor injures.

This lawsuit was filed just after Takata filed for bankruptcy and in the wake of an agreed upon settlement of $553 million connected to a recall of defective air bags. The Connecticut lawsuit alleges Takata knew its airbags were defective at least 13 years ago and did nothing to solve the problem. No recall was issued at the time of the first airbag incident in 2004 and there was no investigation or a request to involve federal safety regulators. Takata kept making defective airbags.

“In the Connecticut case, the passenger side air bag module had a defective inflator that proved to be deadly when deployed during a crash,” recounted Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. This lawsuit also includes claims for wrongful death, loss of consortium, product liability, gross negligence, failure to warn of air bag dangers, fraud, and wilful and wanton conduct for design and manufacturing defects.

The injured husband has a long litigation road ahead of him. His attorney must prove the automaker was negligent in making and installing defective airbags in their vehicles. This process could take months to several years. If the plaintiff does not have sufficient savings, he may have a difficult time paying the mortgage or rent, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs or even putting food on the table.

Waiting is not a viable option for someone in desperate financial straits. “In situations like that, the perfect answer in most cases is to apply for litigation funding,” said Darren Monroe, representative for Litigation Funding Corporation, Michigan. “Provided the applicant has a strong case and attorney representation, a ‘lawsuit loan’ is usually viable.”

The application process is easy and very quick. Once the plaintiff fills out an application, Litigation Funding Corporation works with the attorney-of-record to review all necessary case documentation and to calculate how much pre-settlement funding may be advanced. “That process usually takes less than 48 hours,” added Monroe. The plaintiff pays absolutely zero back if the lawsuit is not successful.

“Litigation Funding Corporation can help remove the financial pressure for a plaintiff while they are waiting for their case to be resolved. This allows the attorney to effectively pursue the case to an equitable and fair conclusion.”

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