Injured by sharp edges of car door...

by Becky
(Maui, HI)

I have a 2001 Altima that has curved sharp doors at the top & bottom. This is my second time being injured by the door. My last injury just happened again a few weeks ago & ripped about a 4" layer of skin back. I ended up with IV's & antibiotics...it was a deep serious large wound.

I took pictures at the time, and it's still not healed. Every time I open the front driver & passenger door, I have to duck my head back to avoid being injured by the sharp curved point at the top of the door. I have to always think twice when closing the door because of the sharp bottom panels.

Does the car company have any liability for the danger this door poses? Is there anything I can do to file a case and get some of my medical bills covered? Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Injured by sharp edges of car door...":

Becky (Maui, HI):

To see if any class actions have been filed by anyone who may have been similarly injured from their 2001 Nissan Altima, we checked numerous class action web sites. After a thorough investigation, we were unable to find any class actions related to a 2001 Nissan Altima.

To have the basis of a product liability case will require extensive proof showing your 2001 Altima was negligently designed or manufactured. That will be a near impossible task.

Your situation can be likened to "David and Goliath." Unfortunately for you, unlike David, your "slingshot" will not even graze the Goliath Nissan. Moreover, you will likely not be able to find a private attorney who will accept your case, even if you were to offer the attorney payment on an hourly basis.

We suggest you contact the Nissan Consumer Affairs Department and explain to them the nature of your injuries and why you believe those injuries were caused by your Altima. While it is unlikely Nissan will admit to fault, they will duly consider your position.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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