Leading Wheelchair Transport Van Injuries Caused By Defective Fastening Equipment Lawyers In Syracuse, New York

Time After Time, Former Clients have Declared that the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s Elite Team has Some of the Finest Personal Injury Lawyers in the Country. Jed Dietrich, Esq. Pledges to Demand the Maximum Compensation for Injuries Caused by Your Faulty Wheelchair Restraint Accident in Syracuse, New York, and Beyond.

Man in a Wheelchair Doign Therapy Suppose that you, or an elderly family member, were seriously injured in an accident involving the misuse or malfunctioning of wheelchair restraints inside of an ambulette. In such an unfortunate event, the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s veteran team urges you to contact us immediately. Our lawyers are truly passionate about fighting for victims injured in wheelchair transport vans. The Syracuse, New York, defective wheelchair tie-down injury attorneys on the Dietrich Legal Team want to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Our decades of experience and vast legal knowledge have proved to be highly successful in resolving wheelchair accident claims. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his battle-tested team of attorneys promise to work diligently on your behalf and exhaust every possible legal option in the name of justice.

Wheelchair users are often forced to cope with functional restrictions and substantial activity limitations. Research indicates that individuals with activity constraints face a significantly higher risk of injury than those with mobility issues. During the past decade, wheelchair-related injuries have significantly increased throughout the United States. This dramatic rise in injuries corresponds with the increased reliance on wheelchair transportation services. These companies use ambulettes and vans specially adapted to move those with mobility restrictions. As "common carriers," wheelchair van companies have a legal duty to take all necessary safety measures to protect vulnerable passengers from suffering unnecessary injuries. However, improperly fastened or defective wheelchair tie-downs could cause unsuspecting passengers to suffer devastating injuries or worse. Unsecured wheelchairs result in far too many wheelchair tip-over accidents before the van even starts moving, not to mention the brutal mishaps that occur when ambulette drivers take sudden turns or slam on the brakes with inadequately secured passengers in the back.

It is hardly surprising that wheelchair users have approximately a 40 percent increased likelihood of being hurt in accidents than people without mobility constraints. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s seasoned attorneys believe that negligent transportation services and tie-down manufacturers must be held accountable for the harm that they cause. For the past 24 years, Jed Dietrich, Esq., acclaimed as a Super Lawyer, has devoted his life to fighting for victims of serious accidents. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of top rated lawyers promise to provide the highest level of personal injury service for your unsecured wheelchair accident in Syracuse, New York. Our elite team is available for your free and confidential case screening 24 hours per day and 7 days per week by dialing 1-866-529-5334 or by filling out the online consultation form. Discover why Jed Dietrich, Esq. is widely viewed as one of the finest personal injury lawyers in the United States.

Standard Services Provided By Wheelchair Vans

Shadow of a Wheelchair Unfortunately, many wheelchair users are unable to drive themselves, and their families do not own large enough vehicles to accommodate them. As a result, in recent years, the number of ambulette service providers has multiplied. Wheelchair transport companies essentially provide easy and convenient non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services for individuals struggling with various injuries, incapacitating health complications, disabilities, and old age. These services, such as Parvenu Transportation Service and Hade Medical Transportation LLC, are especially geared towards driving wheelchair users to medical appointments and offering opportunities for free movement. Both government health insurance programs, like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as many private health insurance companies and nursing homes, contract ambulette services. Some common services that non-emergency medical transport companies offer include:

  1. Airport Transportation;
  2. Picking up discharged patients from hospitals;
  3. Long-distance transportation;
  4. Non-emergency ambulatory transport;
  5. Transportation for individuals suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer's;
  6. Special needs transportation;
  7. Door-to-door transport for those with mobility issues;
  8. Driving people on dialysis to and from their procedures;
  9. Giving rides to residents of nursing homes and other assisted living facilities;
  10. Bringing wheelchair users for weekly errands, such as mailing letters at the post office or grocery shopping;
  11. Transporting those with physical and functional disabilities to rehabilitation centers; and
  12. Driving patients to pre-scheduled doctor's appointments and outpatient procedures.



Building A Product Liability Case Against The Manufacturer

Designers and manufacturers of wheelchair tie-downs have a legal obligation to ensure their systems do not harm passengers when used as intended. Unfortunately, dangerous and defective products are often marketed and sold by dishonest manufacturers who are more focused on profits than public safety. Faulty wheelchair restraint systems and harnesses are no different. Consequently, unsuspecting wheelchair passengers can suffer dreadful injuries from being secured by the same tie-downs that are supposed to keep them safe. Under New York State's product liability law, the designers, manufacturers, and distributors of dangerous wheelchair restraints can be held liable for a victim's damages. Some of the defects that faulty wheelchair restraints tend to include:

  1. Design Deficiencies: Design defects can arise when creating or updating fastenings. In many cases, engineering oversights could cause restraints to unlock or become unsecured.
  2. Manufacturing Flaws: Even when a tie-down is properly designed, restraints can still be dangerous due to poor assembly. Often, these systems fail to meet the engineer's specifications after production.
  3. Defective Warning Labels or Instructions: Both manufacturers and suppliers must caution potential users of hidden risks and provide satisfactory instructions about proper use. When wheelchair fastening systems do not have clear instructions, ambulette attendants may improperly lock wheelchairs into place.

Depending on the circumstances that caused your accident, you may have the right to pursue a product liability lawsuit against the responsible designer, manufacturer, or wholesaler. Additionally, wheelchair transport services and their workforces must keep passengers safe throughout the entire drive. This includes strapping down all wheelchairs and fastening passengers in place, which can only be accomplished through the correct application of properly working restraint systems and belts. Therefore, transport attendants must regularly inspect and maintain their wheelchair restraint systems.

Product liability claims, especially ones involving wheelchair restraint systems, often require comprehensive analysis by expert witnesses to prove. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s seasoned Syracuse, New York attorneys are extremely talented at investigating malfunctions and demonstrating that they generated an unreasonable risk to passengers. Insurance companies and negligent corporations have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. more than $175 million to resolve his client's cases. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has the reputation and resources to take on the largest wheelchair tie-down manufacturers and transportation services. Please call 1-866-529-5334 or complete the online consultation form to schedule your complimentary case evaluation with our veteran lawyers.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 1-866-529-5334 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Syracuse, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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