Wheeler v. Ford

SETTLED

Trial
12/02/09 – 12/18/09

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Summary

Product liability jury trial based on allegedly defective rear seat occupant protection system of the 2002 Ford Explorer that left plaintiff a permanent, complete quadriplegic.

According to the plaintiff, a frontal vehicle collision occurred when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck the Explorer. Upon impact, the Explorer's rear seat allegedly broke and moved down and forward, and the restraint system, including the seat, belt, and surrounding surfaces, failed to prevent the plaintiff's head and neck from being driven down and forward into the front seat and/or center console, catastrophically injuring the plaintiff's spinal cord.

The jury had already awarded damages of $17.7 million judgment and was still out considering punitive damages when Ford settled the case.

View a free video clip from the case:
Plaintiff's Attorney, James E. Butler Jr., delivers opening statement -- Clip 1

Outcome

Settled

Sessions

DEC
10
DEC
11
DEC
14

Recording Disclaimer: This proceeding was recorded in full.

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