Driver Suffers Paralyzing Injury in Ford Explorer Rollover
FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
On August 24, 2006, plaintiff Donna Cimerol D’Arezzo, 46, a teacher, suffered extensive spinal cord injury after being ejected from her 1998 Ford Explorer during a SUV rollover. She was rendered an incomplete quadriplegic.
D’Arezzo sued Ford Motor Company and the dealership where she purchased her vehicle for products liability.
Plaintiff argued the Explorer was defectively and negligently designed, causing the on-road, un-tripped rollover. The SUV’s handling characteristics degrade severely under a variety of conditions that require basic and foreseeable corrective actions. Its geometry made it unstable, and the lack of a safety feature known as electronic stability control contributed to the loss of control that ultimately resulted in the rollover.
INJURIES & DAMAGES:
D’Arezzo suffered a spinal cord injury and quadriplegia. She also sustained bilateral shoulder fractures, bilateral fibular fractures, a right clavicle fracture, a left orbital floor fracture and a lacerated spleen.
RESULT: D’Arezzo obtained a confidential settlement.
Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas. The Ammons Law Firm practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.