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Paralyzed Woman Gets $82.6 Million From Ford

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Benetta Buell-Wilson was in her Ford Explorer when the SUV fishtailed then rolled over four times. Now the mother of two is paralyzed. Her lawyers went to court and sued Ford. The jury awarded her $368 million, much of it in “punitive” damages — damages that are meant to punish Ford for their bad business practices and ignoring their own testing that showed their SUVs, particularly the Explorers, tend to roll over because they have a high center of gravity. The courts later reduced that award to $82.6 million dollars.

the sport utility vehicle rolled four times before coming to rest on its roof. At trial, Buell-Wilson’s lawyers argued that the Explorer’s design defects were derived from Ford’s rollover-prone Bronco II, but management ignored the risks.

Ford routinely ignored thier own in-house tests that showed how dangerous their SUVs were. Many people have been killed or seriously injured as a result of roll-over injuries in Ford SUVs, especially the Explorer.

Right now, Kiesel Boucher Larson LLP is reprsenting a mother whose 22 year old son was killed when the Ford SUV he was riding in rolled over after a tire failed. Another woman in the car was paralyzed. Cases against Ford, claiming that their product was defective, are very difficult to prosecute. If you or a loved one was injured in this type of accident, make sure your lawyer has experience with these types of cases.