Helping People Who Have Been Injured by Negligent Mechanics and Mechanic Shops
You take your car to the auto repair shop to keep it in good repair. In fact, you shell out plenty of money to keep your vehicle road worthy. If the repair shop’s negligent work or use of faulty parts contributes to a car accident that leaves you injured, it can be especially harrowing. These claims are complex, but if your mechanic’s faulty work has caused you to be injured, your rights, your rightful compensation, and your case all matter. You need experienced legal counsel.
Negligent Repair Work
When your auto repair shop fails to make car repairs or provide car maintenance that is up to industry standards, that repair shop provides you with negligent service. If the auto repair shop’s substandard repairs and/or substandard maintenance lead to further damage to your vehicle or cause your vehicle not to operate safely, it can put you in harm’s way. There are a variety of ways that negligent auto repair work can play out:
- Failing to adequately complete necessary repairs
- Allowing unqualified or untrained mechanics to do repair work
- Installing the wrong replacement part
- Performing an incorrect or unnecessary procedure or repair
- Damaging another car part while doing repair work
- Illegally modifying vehicle parts
- Failing to identify necessary repairs
- Leaving foreign object or debris inside the mechanics of the vehicle
Any of these actions can lead to further damage to your vehicle, to poor vehicle performance, or to an accident.
If your car has received negligent repair work that’s led to property damage, injury, or both, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney today. Such claims are complicated, but this doesn’t mean they’re not worth pursuing. You rely on your car repair shop to help keep your car in safe working order. If—instead—your car is damaged or you are injured, it can be very hard to come to terms with. The dedicated legal team at Brauns Law, PC in Gwinnett County, Georgia, understands how difficult these situations can be, and we’re committed to aggressively fighting for your car accident claim’s most positive resolution.
If you’ve been injured in an accident that you believe is directly related to negligent auto repairs, there are several factors that are important to consider:
- You’ll need to show that the mechanic shop owed you a duty of care, which is a relatively straightforward process if you—as a paying customer—took your vehicle to the auto repair shop for repairs.
- You’ll need to show that the repair shop or the mechanic (or both) failed to rise to this duty of care. This means that either or both were negligent or careless in the repair work they provided.
- Finally, you’ll need to show that this negligent or careless repair work caused you to suffer real damage.
So how does this play out in the real world? Let’s consider a hypothetical scenario in which you take your car into the auto repair shop because your brake indicator light is flashing at you. You leave your car at the shop for five or six hours, you pay a bunch of money, and finally, you’re back in your ride. The problem is that on the way home, your brakes fail to work when you try to stop at the huge intersection right outside the car repair business. As a result, your car sails right through a red light and causes thousands in property damage while leaving you with a nasty case of whiplash.
The facts as they now stand are that you appear to be the at-fault party in a serious car accident that caused property damage and injury, that you just had your car’s brakes repaired (after your car indicated that such repair was necessary), and that your repaired brakes failed to work the first time you attempted to use them. It looks like you have a case.
The repair shop will have an answer to your belief that their negligence caused you to be injured. It’s the nature of the beast. The repair shop and/or the repair shop’s insurance company will do whatever either of them can to wiggle out of this, including saying that the vehicular problem that caused you to be injured in an accident was a new problem that is completely unrelated to the repair work or saying that the accident wasn’t a foreseeable consequence of any error the mechanic made. The point is that you’re most likely going to have a fight on your hands.
That’s okay, because your dedicated car accident attorney will leave no stone unturned in representing your claim. This will likely include carefully examining the scene of your accident and bringing in expert witnesses and accident reconstructionists. You were injured because of an auto repair shop’s negligence, and you’re entitled to rightful compensation.
If negligent auto repair has left you injured in a car accident, there’s a lot to consider:
- The property damage to your car and to any other vehicles damaged in the ensuing accident
- Your medical expenses, including emergency transportation and care, surgery and aftercare, doctor and specialist appointments and care, ongoing care, prescription medications, adaptive medical devices, and home adaptations
- Lost wages and any diminishment in earning potential
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
Car accidents often have serious physical, emotional, and financial consequences, and if yours was caused by negligent auto repair work, it can make it that much more difficult.
If You Were Injured in a Car Accident That Negligent Auto Repair Caused, You Need a Skilled Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are difficult enough, but if you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by an auto repair shop’s negligent work, it’s more difficult still. Such an accident is likely to leave you at a loss for where to turn. To schedule a free case evaluation with Gwinnett County car accident lawyer David Brauns, contact us online or call our office today at (404) 348-0889.