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Passive Seat Belt To Blame For Paralyzing Injuries


Jeanie Doe was a passenger in a 1991 Honda Accord when it was involved in a foreseeable collision. During the incident, the passive seat belt system did not properly restrain her. Doe sued Honda, alleging that the seat belt system was defective. Its design included a motorized torso belt and a manual lap belt. To the extent that the two-point shoulder belt is frequently used by occupants without the lap belt protection, the design permits users to unknowingly utilize the system in a less than optimal manner.


Doe sustained a T5 fracture-dislocation that resulted in paraplegia. She also sustained chest trauma, rib fractures, hemothorax and pulmonary contusions, as well as fractures of the distal right radius and ulna.

RESULT: Doe obtained a confidential settlement.

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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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