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Ford's Defective Seatbelt

The jury returned a $45 million verdict

This was a products liability case involving our young client, only 12 years old at the time, paralyzed in a crash because of a defective seat belt.

Sadly, cases involving defective seat belts aren't uncommon, and there are similar cases involving Ford Motor Company and other automakers.

The verdict's size reflects the victim's harm

A paralysis victim can expect to incur hundreds of thousands of dollars, and often millions, in medical expense over the course of a lifetime. The victim in this case was so young, which justifies the size of the jury's verdict on both the emotional and practical levels.

Punitive damages

Many of these cases also involve punitive damages.

The concept of "punitive damages" goes beyond the financial compensation required to make the victim as whole as possible after serious, life-changing injuries like paralysis. Not every personal injury case involves punitive damages, but rather damages that compensate a victim for medical bills, lost wages, and for pain and suffering.

The stated goal of punitive damages is implied in the name: It's a punitive measure that sends a clear signal to the negligent party - in this case Ford Motor Company - that auto defects that kill or severely injure consumers are not acceptable.

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