A Dallas County jury has awarded $151,791,000 to a Selma, Alabama man who was left paralyzed after a 1998 Ford Explorer rolled over, leaving him paralyzed.
The jury discovered that Ford Motor Co. failed to fulfill its personal security tips for the Explorer’s rollover resistance requirement and tried to cowl up the faulty design. They dominated that Ford should pay Travaris “Tre” Smith $100 million in punitive damages and $51,791,000 in compensatory damages.
One in all Smith’s attorneys, Kendall Dunson of Montgomery-based Beasley Allen, stated the choice will give him entry to house care and help.
“We symbolize a 24-year-old younger man who can’t be left alone to take care of himself in any means,” Dunson stated in a launch saying the choice. “This verdict represents justice for Tre and his household.”
In August 2015, Smith was a passenger in an Explorer when the driving force swerved to overlook an animal. As a substitute of sliding out, the automobile rolled over twice and snapped Smith’s backbone. The jury dominated that was due to a flaw within the Explorer’s design.
Smith’s attorneys stated engineers at Ford suggested the corporate to alter the design, however that it as a substitute modified the testing course of and destroyed information from the unique testing.
One other of Smith’s attorneys, Beasley Allen’s LaBarron Boone, stated the decision ought to ship a message about destroying security paperwork.
“Now we have seen dangerous conduct earlier than however the egregiousness of Ford’s scheme to mislead the jury was beautiful,” Boone stated in a launch.
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