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SUV Seat Back Collapses Defective Safety Equipment results in Paraplegia


Kristina Doe, 33, was driving her 1996 Geo tracker sport-utility vehicle and wearing a three-point single retractable seat belt when she lost control of her vehicle.  The SUV left the road, entered a ditch and struck a tree.  On impact, Doe’s seat back collapsed and she contacted structures in the rear seat area.

Doe suffered spinal fractures at T11-L1, a large ventral epidural hematoma at T9-L1, cord disruption at T10-11, and a fracture of the posterior elements o T10 and T11.  As a result of her injuries, she suffers form paraplegia and uses a wheelchair.  She also has a neurogenic bladder and bowel.

Doe and her husband, individually and on behalf of the couple’s two minor children, sued the manufacturer of the SUV alleging it was defective in that the seat failed to maintain Doe in the front of the vehicle.

Plaintiffs asserted a safer seat design that absorbed more energy and reduced or prevented her projection into the rear sear would have prevented her injuries.

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If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, contact the Houston SUV rollover attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas. The Ammons Law Firm practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers, and workplace negligence.

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