Rollover & Crushed Roof Cases

Product Liability / Roof Crush
Confidential Settlement

Perry and Amanda Steiner brought suit against General Motors after they were involved in a rollover in their 1998 Pontiac Montana. During the rollover, the roof structure of the Montana crushed downward onto Perry and Amanda Steiner leaving both quadriplegics. Both were wearing their seatbelts and both were seated on the passenger side of the vehicle where the roof crushed. The other three family members were also belted and walked away from the wreck when the roof did not crush over their heads. Steiner v. General Motors Corp ., United States District Court of Kansas (8/31/02).


Product Liability / Rollover/ Roof Crush Cash Settlement
Confidential Cash Settlement


Martha Stansell and her husband, Major Jackson Stansell, brought suit against Ford after they were involved in a rollover in a 1996 Ford Explorer. During the rollover, the roof structure of the Explorer crushed downward into the Stansells' occupant space, striking them and leaving Martha a quadriplegic (fracture at C-6, C-7) and Major a paraplegic (fracture at T-3). They were both wearing their seatbelts and were both on the passenger side of the Explorer where the roof crushed. On the driver's side of the Explorer where the roof did not crush, the two occupants suffered much less severe injuries from which they have fully recovered. Stansell v. Ford Motor Co ., Court of Common Pleas, Hampton County, South Carolina (4/15/02).


Product Liability / Auto Rollover / Paraplegia
Cash Settlement

Plaintiff Blair Wing, 23 years old at the time of the settlement, is a paraplegic who was paralyzed while riding as a passenger in a Suzuki Samurai that rolled over after hitting a patch of ice.

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Product Liability / Auto / Rollover / Brain Damage
Cash and Structured Settlement

Plaintiff Steven Ray, 25 years old at the time of the settlement, was brain damaged while riding in a Suzuki Samurai that rolled over after being struck at an intersection by a pickup truck driven by Defendant Crawford.

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Product Liability / Auto / Rollover / Paraplegia
Cash Settlement

A 19-year-old man was rendered a paraplegic when the 1980 CJ-5 in which he was a belted passenger rolled over after striking a curb. Morgan v. Chrysler, et al ., State Court of Fulton County, Georgia (3/9/98).


Product Liability / Auto / Rollover / Quadriplegia
Confidential settlement following $36.9 and $90 million verdicts in separate cases

Kathryn Rodriguez, 32 years old at the time of this verdict, is a quadriplegic who was paralyzed while riding as a passenger in a Suzuki Samurai that rolled over on February 11, 1990.

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Product Liability / Rollover / Paraplegia
$150,000,000 Verdict

Mr. Hardy was paralyzed from the chest down for life when the axle on his 1987 GM S-10 Blazer failed, causing the vehicle to roll over. In the rollover, the Type III door latch on the Blazer also failed, the door opened, and the latch failure allowed Mr. Hardy to be ejected out the open door and paralyzed when he landed outside the vehicle.

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Product Liability / Auto / Rollover / Quadriplegia
Defective automobile
$90,000,000 Verdict

Kathryn Rodriguez, 30 years old at the time of this verdict, is a quadriplegic who was paralyzed while riding as a passenger in a Suzuki Samurai that rolled over on February 11, 1990.

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Product Liability / Auto / Rollover
Defective Car
Cash Settlement

A 39-year-old police officer suffered permanent brain injury when his Samurai rolled over after an intersection collision.

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Product Liability / Auto / Rollover
Defective car
$3,000,000 Cash Settlement

16-year-old Monica Guinn was killed when the 1987 Suzuki Samurai in which she was a passenger collided with a Jeep Wrangler, tripped and rolled over.

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