A Colorado jury recently awarded a Boulder man almost $3 million in damages in his lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company. The jury found that a defective seat in the Plaintiff’s 1998 SUV caused him serious injury during a 2009 collision. Forrest Walker, the former co-owner of a physical therapy facility, was awarded $2.9 million for economic losses, non-economic losses and permanent physical impairment. Ford says it will appeal the verdict.
The Plaintiff was driving his 1998 Ford Explorer Sept. 20, 2009, at an intersection in Boulder when his vehicle was rear-ended. The lever-activated recliner in the seat disengaged, causing the seat to drop into a fully reclined position. The Plaintiff was thrown headfirst into the backseat of the vehicle and suffered severe upper neck injuries as well as head trauma. The collision was not violent enough to even break the back windows of the SUV and yet the seat failed. The Plaintiff still has visual problems and some cognitive and speaking deficiencies as a result of the crash and he was forced to give up his job as a physical therapist. Mike Thomson, a lawyer with Purvis Gray LLP, a Boulder, Colorado, firm, represented the Plaintiff. He did a very good job for him in the case.
Source: Boulder Daily Camera
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