DaimlerChrysler Corporation Wins in South Alabama

Mobile, Alabama (December 15, 2004) — After eight days of trial, a Mobile County jury today returned a unanimous verdict in favor of DaimlerChrysler Corporation in a case brought on behalf of Hayley Dingman, who was ejected from her vehicle and rendered a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic in a July 1998 accident. Ms. Dingman, three years old at the time of the accident, was seated on the passenger side rear seat of the subject vehicle, a 1992 Dodge Shadow, when the Shadow was impacted in the rear passenger side door by a Chevrolet Lumina traveling approximately 50 miles per hour.

Plaintiff contended that Ms. Dingman was ejected out of the rear hatch of the Dodge Shadow, and that the Shadow was uncrashworthy due to the failure of the Shadow’s rear hatch latch. DaimlerChrysler Corporation denied that the vehicle was uncrashworthy, and put on evidence that Ms. Dingman, who was unbelted at the time of the impact, was ejected through the window of the rear passenger side door.

Plaintiff, who was represented in the case by both Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis and Miles, P.C. and Cunningham, Bounds, Yance, Crowder and Brown, L.L.C., claimed more than $17 million in past and future medical damages, and more than $27 million in total compensatory damages. Plaintiff also asked the jury to award punitive damages. Plaintiff’s lowest pre-trial settlement demand was $12 million.

Mike Bell, Brad Powell and Chandler Bailey, along with local counsel Tom Benton, defended DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

Practice areas mentioned:
Product Liability