. .

Invest in your success.
JVRA helps lawyers win cases by providing critical information you can use to establish precedent, determine demand and win arguments.

ARTICLE ID 167901

$________ - PRODUCT LIABILITY - DEFECTIVE/DANGEROUS DESIGN OF MERCURY MOUNTAINEER - ROLLOVER COLLISION - BELOW-THE-KNEE AMPUTATION - PARALYSIS OF ARM - BRAIN DAMAGE TO 28-YEAR-OLD.

Etowah County, Alabama

On October 11, ________ the 28-year-old female plaintiff was a backseat passenger in a ________ Mercury Mountaineer traveling on Route 20 near Douglasville, Georgia. The vehicle swerved left to avoid an encroaching car and then moved right to correct. The vehicle went out of control and flipped four and a-half times before coming to rest on its roof in the middle of traffic lanes on the roadway. The plaintiff was ejected from the vehicle during the rollover. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff lost her right leg below the knee, suffered loss the use of her right arm and sustained brain damage. She also sustained various broken bones, a fractured skull and collapsed lung.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant, Ford, alleging that the vehicle was defective, unreasonably dangerous and negligently designed. The defendant denied the allegations and argued that the accident was the fault of the driver or a defective tire and the vehicle was not defectively designed. The plaintiff produced expert testimony regarding the height and instability of the vehicle, maintaining that Ford was aware of the dangerous/defective design of the Mountaineer, yet took no action to make it safe and stable.

The matter proceeded to trial over a period of four weeks. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated for one and a-half days and returned its unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendant. The jury awarded the plaintiff the sum of $________ in compensatory damages.

To read the full article, please login to your account or purchase

5 ways to win with JVRA

JVRA gives you jurisdiction-specific, year-round insight into the strategies, arguments and tactics that win. Successful attorneys come to the table prepared and use JVRA to:

  1. Determine if a case is winnable and recovery amounts.
  2. Determine reasonable demand for a case early on.
  3. Support a settlement demand by establishing precedent.
  4. Research trial strategies, tactics and arguments.
  5. Defeat or support post-trial motions through past case histories.

Try JVRA for a day or a month, or sign up for our deluxe Litigation Support Plan and put the intelligence of JVRA to work for all of your clients. See our subscription plans.