A Georgia woman, whose lawyers proved that a transmission defect in her Ford Explorer led to her paralysis, was awarded $40 million in damages recently by a DeKalb County jury. The jury’s award to Jessica Mundy includes $9 million in compensatory damages to her and $1 million to her husband. In addition, there was an award of $30 million in punitive damages. Ford Motor Co. and the Ford dealer, where Mundy purchased the 2004 Explorer that ran over her, were Defendants in the suit.
Ms. Mundy, who was 23 at the time of the November 2005 accident, contended in her suit that when motorists put their shifters into park, a design defect would cause Explorers to suddenly go into reverse. In her case, Ms. Mundy had gotten out of the Explorer to mail a package. The gear shifted from park to reverse and the vehicle ran over her, fracturing her spine. Videotaped depositions were presented at trial of three people who said their Ford vehicles had similar instances of suddenly going out of park. The case was settled after the verdict, but its terms are confidential.
Ms. Mundy, who was trained as an accountant, had been a state employee prior to her injury. But she has been unable to work since the accident. Jeff Harris, a very good lawyer from Savannah, Georgia, represented this lady and did a very good job for her.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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