The San Francisco injury law firm, Brandi Law Firm is pleased to announce that Daniel Dell'Osso of the Brandi Law Firm along with Kevin Quinn of San Diego and James Doyal of Houston, Texas today obtained an $18,349,391 verdict against Ford Motor Company following a three-week trial before the Hon. Phyllis Hamilton in United States District Court in San Francisco. Finding the seat latch system of the rear seat defective in the Ford 350 Econo van, the jury held Ford 100% responsible.
Plaintiff is Dax Pierson, a 38 year old Oakland musician with the band SUBTLE, who was rendered a quadriplegic in a rollover accident when the 15-passenger Ford E 350 van rolled over on an icy road. The band was traveling in the Midwest from its show in Denver to its next show in Chicago when the accident occurred on I 80 in rural Iowa. Pierson, who was wearing his seat belt and seated in a rear passenger seat, was injured when his seat came loose from the floor of the van due to a defective locking mechanism, and his head was thrown into the roof, causing severe spinal cord injuries. Pierson was the only one of the seven people in the vehicle who was injured.
Ford denied that the van had a defective design and argued that band manger, Patrick Scott, was traveling too fast. The jury found that Ford's design was 100% responsible and that and Scott was not responsible.
"The main problem was the seat," said Thomas Brandi, a lawyer for Pierson.
"If the attachment didn't fail, Dax would have been just like the others, uninjured."
Jurors for the case awarded Pierson $12.3 million for medical expenses and lost earnings and another $6 million for pain and suffering.