More than 70 Injuries Linked to “Exploding” Headrests, Including Serious Head Injuries, Loss of Consciousness, and Concussions
Texas’ largest personal injury law firm, Thomas J. Henry Law, PLLC, whose record-breaking personal injury verdicts and recoveries have been featured in Fortune, Forbes, and Newsweek magazines, is now representing clients injured by exploding headrests equipped in certain Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Active Head Restraint systems in these headrests can “burst open” without warning, leaving vehicle occupants with serious head injuries and an increased risk of being involved in a crash. Among more than the 70 injuries reported to NHTSA are serious head injuries, loss of consciousness, concussion, and other injuries requiring hospitalization.
In an effort to keep vehicle owners and their families safe, Thomas J. Henry has launched a campaign to inform and protect consumers from this potentially dangerous condition. He is also representing individuals injured by these dangerous headrests in their attempts to recover compensation for their injuries and prevent further injuries and accidents from occurring.
“Owners need to be aware of the danger these headrests may pose,” said Thomas J. Henry. “When one of these headrests unexpectedly bursts open, it does so with enough violence and force to knock a driver unconscious while the vehicle is still in motion. This is simply unacceptable, and manufacturers must be held accountable.”
Vehicles potentially equipped with the defective headrests include:
- 2010-2018 Dodge Journey
- 2010-2011 Dodge Nitro
- 2010-2012 Jeep Liberty
- 2010-2017 Jeep Patriot
- 2010-2017 Jeep Compass
- 2010-2012 Dodge Caliber
- 2010-2018 Dodge Caravan
- 2011-2018 Dodge Ram C/V
- 2011-2018 Dodge Durango
- 2011-2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 2010-2014 Sebring/Avenger
- 2011-2018 Chrysler Town & Country
- 2011-2018 Chrysler 200
- 2011-2018 Chrysler 300
- 2004-2021 Mercedes C-Class
- 2004-2010 Mercedes CLK-Class
- 2005-2016 Mercedes CLS-Class
- 2005-2021 Mercedes E-Class
Thomas J. Henry Has a History of Fighting Negligence in the Automotive Industry
This is not the first time Thomas J. Henry has taken on titans of the automotive industry. In 2014, Thomas J. Henry garnered national attention when he spearheaded the fight against General Motors over serious injuries and deaths linked to faulty ignition switches equipped in their vehicles. What started as a recall affecting roughly 2 million vehicles soon grew into one of the largest recalls in our nation’s history, ultimately encompassing an astounding 30 million vehicles worldwide.
After launching a national awareness and investigation campaign called “My Recall Story,” Thomas J. Henry led litigation against GM representing injury and wrongful death victims in nearly every state in the nation. He and his clients attended congressional hearings to ensure their stories were heard, worked with Congress to address the wrongs of General Motors, and worked with attorney Ken Feinberg to develop the $595 million GM Compensation Fund for victims.
Thomas J. Henry Represents Thousands of Active Military and Veterans Exposed to Defective Earplugs
In 2018, Thomas J. Henry began investigating claims from military service members that they had developed tinnitus and hearing loss after using combat earplugs developed by 3M Company, a Fortune 500 company operating across multiple industries.
It was later revealed that the earplugs manufactured by 3M were in fact defective, leaving military members exposed to damaging noise levels, including gunfire and explosions. More alarming were allegations by the U.S. Justice Department that 3M Company and the earplugs original developer, Aearo Technologies, knew about the defect as early as 2000 and had manipulated test results to make it appear that the devices met government standards.
3M Company agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle a whistleblower False Claims Act suit to the justice department, but that was not enough. Thomas J. Henry fought for thousands of active-duty service members and military veterans to ensure they too were properly compensated for the damages and long-term consequences they suffered due to 3M Company’s greed.
Once again, Thomas J. Henry invested his money into a national awareness campaign informing victims of their potential injuries and legal options. He then fought for each and every client who joined the legal campaign against 3M Company to ensure they were finally awarded the compensation they deserved.
About Thomas J. Henry Law, PLLC:
Thomas J. Henry Law is one of the nation’s leading personal injury firms. For over 25 years, the firm has fought to secure justice and compensation for individuals who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others and to prevent similar instances of wrongful death from occurring again.
Founder Thomas J. Henry and his firm have been the recipients of numerous awards over the years.
In 2020, the firm was named one of the Best Places to Work by Glassdoor for the second consecutive year. It was the only law firm to secure the accolade Founder Also that year, Thomas J. Henry was named one of SA Scene Magazine’s Best San Antonio Lawyers.
In 2019, Thomas J. Henry Law was recognized as one of the nation’s Premier Law Firms by Newsweek.com. That same year, Bloomberg Businessweek published a feature on Thomas J. Henry, highlighting his firm’s “clear commitment to client satisfaction.” Thomas J. Henry was also named the Best Attorney of San Antonio by the SA Current.
In 2018, Thomas J. Henry was named a Distinguished Lawyer by Lawyers of Distinction and was also recognized as one of the Best Personal Injury Attorneys in the nation by Newsweek.com. In 2017, Thomas J. Henry achieved one of the 10 largest verdicts recorded in Texas for the year (awarded to Thomas J. Henry by Texas Lawyer, an ALM company) as well as the #1 Texas Car Accident, Bus Accident, and Negligent Supervision Verdicts for the year (awarded to Thomas J. Henry by TopVerdict.com).
Recent record-breaking verdicts include:
- $50 Million for a Trucking Accident Resulting in Wrongful Death (Expenses: $1,126,381 | Attorney’s Fees: $21,000,000 | Net to Client: $27,000,000)
- $35 Million for a Trucking Accident Resulting in Wrongful Death (Expenses: $100,000.00 | Attorney’s Fees: $12,750,000.00 | Net to Client: $22,150,000.00)
- $30.2 Million for an Accident Involving a Recalled Vehicle Resulting in Spinal Cord and Back Injuries (Expenses: $39,576.15 | Attorney’s Fees: $10,060,980.00 | Net to Client: $20,121,960.57)
- $12.7 Million for a Medical Malpractice Resulting in Spinal Cord and Back Injuries (Expenses: $300.000.00 | Attorney’s Fees: $2,000,000.00 | Net to Client: $10.4 Million – Purchase of Lifetime Annuity)
- $10.9 Million for Medical Malpractice Resulting in Spinal Cord and Back Injuries (Expenses: $300,000.00 | Attorney’s Fees: $3,200,000.00 | Net to Client: $4,029,762.00 – Purchase of Lifetime Annuity)
- $10 Million for a Company Vehicle Accident Resulting in Spinal Cord and Back Injuries (Expenses: $125,000.00 | Attorney’s Fees: $4,250,000.00 | Net to Client: $5,625,000.00)
In 2016, Forbes Magazine named Thomas J. Henry a “Texas Leader in Law,” noting his ability to secure large financial awards, a positive reputation among professional peers, and a dedication to philanthropy at the local, national, and global levels.
Thomas J. Henry is also a lifetime member of both the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and of Rue Ratings’ “Best Attorneys of America.”
Outside of the courtroom, the firm is known for its many philanthropic endeavors and generous contributions to local and global communities.
The firm has an active philanthropy program which supports causes related to poverty, veterans, national disaster relief, education, animals, and the arts. For more information about Thomas J. Henry and Thomas J. Henry Law, PLLC., visit: thomasjhenrylaw.com.