On June 23, 2002, Eileen and Todd Robinson and their 5-month-old son were involved in a single-car collision. Their 1997 Ford Explorer hydroplaned into a guardrail on I-75 near Lake City, Fla. Eileen Robinson, a 28-year old schoolteacher, was in the back-center seat with her seatbelt on, sitting next to her young son. During the crash, the seatbelt and seat-back failed and Mrs. Robinson was ejected headfirst out of the rear windshield of the vehicle. She survived, but sustained a traumatic brain injury and other serious bodily injuries. A product liability lawsuit was filed against Ford, alleging that its 1997 Ford Explorer had a defectively designed and manufactured seat and seatbelt and that the design of the location of the center of gravity in the vehicle made the Explorer defectively unstable.
After a four-week trial, the jury returned a $53 million verdict, finding Ford strictly liable for all claims. The verdict included damages for Mrs. Robinson’s past and future medical expenses, wage loss and loss of earning capacity as well as more than $41 million in non-economic damages for both Mrs. Robinson and her husband Todd Robinson. The damages award will provide for the future care and treatment of Mrs. Robinson’s permanent medical conditions and disability as well as support for the Robinson family.
The Plaintiffs were represented at trial by Gene Odom with the firm Martinez-Odom, located in Brandon, Fla., and John Romano, Elizabeth Zwibel and Geoffrey Schosheim from Romano Law Group, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. They did a very good job in this significant case.
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