Defense Verdict Secured for Ford Motor Company in Wrongful Death Case
Three attorneys from Lightfoot recently secured a defense verdict for Ford Motor Company in a wrongful death case pending in Henry County, Alabama. Lightfoot attorneys Harlan Prater, Chandler Bailey and Henry Gimenez, along with Hamp Baxley from Dothan, Alabama, defended claims that the 2000 Ford Expedition contained a defective seat belt system and side door glass. Plaintiff alleged that the combination of the allegedly defective seat belt and door glass caused the ejection and death of one of the vehicle’s occupants during a rollover accident in South Alabama in December of 2000. Ford demonstrated that the Expedition’s seat belt system was reasonably safe and, had it been used in this accident, would have prevented the tragic injuries. Ford further proved that the side door glass was a good design and that any reasonable alternative glass would not have performed any better in this severe multiple rollover accident. Following a week and a half of trial, plaintiff asked the jury for up to 7 million dollars in damages. After deliberating for less than two hours, the jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Ford. The plaintiff was represented by the Beasley, Allen firm out of Montgomery, Alabama.