$3.65 Million Settlement in Auto Product Defect Case

Pfaff & Gill recently settled a product liability case against an auto manufacturer and a Chicago car dealership on behalf of their client, who suffered traumatic spinal cord injuries in a single-car motor vehicle accident.  Our 57-year-old client fell asleep at the wheel of his convertible coupe, lost control, and rolled over while driving on I-94 in southwestern Michigan. During the course of the rollover, the A-pillar on the driver's side deformed downward, exposing the plaintiff's spine to severe flexion. This caused incomplete quadriplegia. We sued the automaker and dealer for failing to incorporate pop-up or fixed roll-bar technology on the convertible that would have made the injury less likely. We settled the claims of the plaintiff and his wife for $3,650,000.