FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Mason, 16, was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer when the right wheels went slightly off the road and onto the shoulder. When Mason corrected her steering to bring the car back on the road, the SUV became uncontrollable and rolled over. During the rollover, Mason, who was wearing her seat belt, was thrown around inside the vehicle and partially ejected through the side window, which shattered.
Mason sued the manufacturer of the SUV, alleging it was unstable and prone to roll over during an emergency maneuver because it had a high center of gravity and narrow track width. Plaintiff’s also alleged defendant was negligent in failing to perform dynamic rollover testing.
Further, plaintiffs claimed that the vehicle’s seat belt was defective in that the webbing spooled out excessively, permitting Mason’s excessive movement and her partial ejection.
INJURIES & DAMAGES
Mason suffered a vertebral fracture with a dislocation and spinal cord injury at T11-12, resulting in complete paraplegia. She also suffered a left pulmonary contusion, dislocation of the left knee, separation of the left acromioclavicular joint at the top of the shoulder, and fractures of the left twelfth rib and the left coracoid. She now uses a wheelchair and requires assistance with many daily living activities.
RESULT: After two weeks of trial, Ford settled for an amount that Plaintiffs are not permitted to disclose.
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.