A Los Angeles judge has ordered Jaguar Land Rover to pay $21.1 million to a man who was paralyzed in 2003 when his Land Rover Discovery sport utility vehicle rolled over several times after a collision on a California freeway. A 16-year-old driver’s car sideswiped Pannu’s vehicle and when Pannu attempted to avoid a collision, he lost control of his vehicle. Indian auto manufacturer Tata Motors acquired Jaguar Land Rover — and the company’s liabilities — from Ford Motor Co. in 2008. The key reasons for the judge’s decision were:
• The vehicle’s high center of gravity made it susceptible to rolling over, and
• The vehicle’s roof collapsed too easily, causing Sukhsagar Pannu to suffer a debilitating spinal cord injury.
Pannu, 53, who had played competitive field hockey in Hong Kong, permanently lost the use of his arms and legs as a result of the injury. He now lives with his parents and three children, who provide him around-the-clock care. The court’s judgment was issued on May 18th coming after a trial. Garo Mardirossian represented the plaintiff and did a very good job.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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