FACTS & ALLEGATIONS: FACTS & ALLEGATIONS:
Silvia Doe, 15, was seated in the second row of a 1995 Ford Windstar when it was involved in a rollover. Silvia was ejected through the broken out window glass of the minivan’s sliding door as the vehicle overturned.
Doe sued Ford, alleging that the Windstar was not crashworthy and was incapable of properly minimizing injury to occupants in the event of a crash. Plaintiffs alleged the use of tempered glass as well as a weak window frame amounted to defective design. The tempered glass in the weak frame shattered as the vehicle rolled, creating a portal for Silvia’s ejection.
INJURIES & DAMAGES:
Silvia suffered devastating injuries in the crash. Her condition, medically referred to as ASIA-A T8 paraplegia, resulted from a spinal fracture that pressed against and permanently injured Silvia’s spinal cord. Silvia is now paralyzed from the navel down, has a neurogenic bowel and bladder, and will require medical care and some degree of assistance for the rest of her life.
RESULT: Plaintiffs settled with Ford for a confidential amount.
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.