$480 Thousand Product Defect (Seatbelt Worn by Children)-
$480K from major auto manufacturer and auto insurance company for defective
seatbelt and injury to children.
$250 Thousand Product Defect – Skid Loader Machine-
$250K for product defect of a skid loader machine where the defective hydraulic
bucked caused our client’s lower leg to be pinched between the bucket
and the machine cabin.
$1.85 Million – Product Defect (Seatbelt)-
A defective seatbelt caused partial paralysis to our client when she was
in an accident in Cobb County. She was hit from behind and thrown under
the console of her mini-van due to the seatbelt negligently unlatching
during impact (this is called “negligent inertial unlatchment”).
If the seatbelt had stayed locked (as most seatbelts normally do), our
client would not have suffered a fractured cervical spine which necessitated
cervical surgery and resulted in her being a “quadriplegic incomplete”
with limited use of her arms and legs. She required the use of a walker
in order to mobilize. The case involved the use of several experts in
seatbelt product defects, auto engineering and bio-mechanics in order
to prove our case.
The major automobile manufacturer settled the case shortly before trial
in 2005 for $1.5M. Moreover, the driver of the automobile that hit our
client was found at the time to be Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
(DUI) thus we also obtained an additional $350,000 from State Farm and
Progressive auto insurance (policy limits for this incident) to bring
total recovery for our client to $1.85M.