If an airbag injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

An airbag injury is a trauma caused by an airbag deployment in a vehicle accident, often needing emergency treatment or surgery for fractures or abrasions.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an airbag injury, we can help. If your injuries were caused by another driver, cyclist, pedestrian or any other road user, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee road injury compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (rospa.com) recommend that airbags, when used with seatbelts, are an effective secondary measure to protect drivers and car passengers.

Although evidence suggests that airbags can significantly reduce the likelihood of serious injury, an airbag can still give rise to injury when it deploys. According to recent BMJ research, there are numerous reports of injuries directly attributable to airbag deployment (emj.bmj.com).

Even if the airbag has protected you from worse harm, you may still be able to claim compensation for airbag-related injuries

If you decide to make an airbag injury claim, your road accident solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

Am I entitled to make an airbag injury claim?

If you've been injured or diagnosed with an illness in the last three years and it wasn't your fault, you will be able to claim compensation.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

What happens if I share some of the blame?

Figuring out who is legally at fault for an accident can sometimes be complex and nuanced.

According to our recent 2024 Road Injury Claimant Survey, 5.24% of injured road users thought that their actions could have contributed, either in part or wholly, to their injuries.

Claims are possible even when your actions partially caused the accident. In instances of 'contributory negligence', claims are usually settled with a split liability agreement.

Read more:

Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to start an airbag injury claim?

An injury claim will usually need to be made within 3 years of the date or your accident or injury.

For injured children, a claim can be started by a parent or guardian at any time before they turn 18. Thereafter, the injured individual has until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own.

What if the driver was uninsured or untraceable?

If the driver responsible for the injury is either uninsured or untraceable, a claim can be pursued through the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

The MIB is an independent that pays road accident compensation to the victims of uninsured or untraced (unidentified) drivers.

MIB compensation claims

How much compensation can I claim for an airbag injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Airbag injury compensation calculator

Get an accurate compensation estimate (including for multiple injuries), confirm your legal position, and check if you have a No Win, No Fee claim.

Updated July 2024 Compensation Calculator v3.04

General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

If it can be proved that your injury left you unable to work, special damages can be awarded for any lost earnings, loss of commission or bonuses, and loss of pension contributions. It may also be possible to claim for loss of future earnings, if the medical prognosis establishes that you won't be able to work for any period in the future.

These damages will also cover the cost of any medical procedures you might need to treat or recover from your airbag injury such as pain medication and physical therapy.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Psychological trauma following a road accident

Have you been mentally or emotionally affected by a road accident? You are not alone.

According to our 2024 Road Injury Claimant Survey, 32.47% of injured road users suffered a psychological injury, 78.53% of these alongside a physical injury.

Sudden airbag deployment can cause shock, amaxophobia (fear of driving or being a passenger), and PTSD.

Claiming general damages for mental and emotional distress can help provide access to mental health care and therapies, some of which might not be available through the NHS.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

Common airbag injuries

Because an airbag needs to inflate very quickly to protect passengers from impact, the process of deploying the bag is sudden and explosive. The force needed to deploy the airbag can cause injury.

Injury claims include:

  • Respiratory and eye infections from the propellant used to inflate the airbag
  • Burns from combustion of the airbag
  • Facial bruising and abrasions from the force of airbag deployment
  • Hearing loss as a result of noise from the explosive
  • Broken bones from bracing against panel as airbag deploys
  • Chest injuries from speed of deployment including rib and sternum fractures
  • Rupture of aorta and other heart injuries
  • Damaged cosmetic implants

See also:

Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) claims

Car accident compensation claims

Defective airbags

If you have been injured as a result of a defective airbag, including where the mechanism failed to properly deploy in an accident, you may be able to make a defective product compensation claim.

If the airbag is found to be defective in design or manufacture, the injured party does not need to prove negligence, as this would fall under strict liability law.

To claim compensation for a defective airbag, the injured party must supply evidence that proves the airbag contained an 'unreasonably dangerous' defect that resulted in harm. A defect might include:

  • A flaw in design
  • A mistake made during manufacturing
  • A mistake made during assembly
  • A mistake in assembly
  • Failure by the manufacturer to provide necessary warning labels or directions in the vehicle user manual for safe and correct airbag use.

See also:

Defective product compensation claims

Claiming compensation for airbag injuries

In order to make a claim, another party must be legally responsible for the accident.

This party could be the person responsible for the car crash, the car manufacturer, or the manufacturer of the airbag if the equipment is found to be faulty.

Road traffic accidents

Airbag injury claims are usually categorised as road traffic accident (RTA) claims. Click on the icons below to learn more:

No win, no fee airbag injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim airbag injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Chris Salmon, Director

Chris Salmon, Director