A jury in Buffalo awarded $40 Million to a man who was paralyzed in a car crash 10 years ago, according to a story in the Buffalo News. Ford and the driver of the vehicle were sued in the case and the jury found both parties equally liable for the accident. The accident happened on November 20, 1999 when the Ford Explorer, driven by Matthew Smolinski, crashed and rolled over.
Smolinski’s brother Thomas was in the car and suffered severe spinal cord injuries that left him paralyzed. Thomas is confined to a wheelchair and unable to care for himself on a daily basis. The award will help to pay for his care and treatment.
This is just one of many verdicts against Ford for rollovers. Others include a 2004 verdict in California of $368 Million for a woman paralyzed in a Ford Explorer rollover and a 2005 verdict in Texas ($31 Million) for two people killed in a Ford Explorer rollover.