16 Jun Car Defect: Fuel Fed Fire
Our firm represented a young man who was severely burned in a car wreck because the car was defectively manufactured. As a result of our investigations and the subsequent lawsuit against the car manufacture, the car manufacture settled the case for $750,000 prior to the scheduled trial date.
In this car defect case, our client who was a passenger and his friend who was driving the car were headed home when the friend lost control of the car and the car slammed into a utility pole. Immediately after the collision, the car caught fire and burned 40% of our client’s body before our client was pulled from the vehicle by his friend.
In an effort to save our client’s life, our client was airlifted to a hospital that specialized in burn injuries. Although it was thought that he might pass away due to his severe burns, he survived after several skin graft surgeries and numerous months of intensive medical treatment.
During our investigation of the car wreck, the Stanley Law Firm bought the severely damaged car and hired an expert forensic engineer to inspect the car. The forensic engineer determined that the car had been defectively manufactured. Specifically, the forensic engineer found that the fuel tank design and placement was defective and that this design caused the fuel fed fire that burned our client.
Based on the findings of our forensic engineer, the Stanley Law Firm brought a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the car. After several years of litigation, extensive discovery, and numerous depositions, we settled the lawsuit at mediation for $750,000. Most importantly, our client is doing well and has recently married and had a child.