GM Pays California Man Paralyzed by Defective Chevrolet Spark

Attorneys Rob Ammons and Thomas Johnston concluded the products liability suit they filed on behalf of a 37-year-old California man. The litigation stemmed from a crash in which the 2015 Chevrolet Spark the man was driving was rear-ended by a Honda Accord. The man suffered brain and spinal cord injuries in the crash and is now quadriplegic.

It was alleged in the lawsuit that the Spark, designed and manufactured by GM, is not crashworthy in rear-end collisions because it poorly manages crash forces produced in such impacts. In this crash, the front bumper of the Honda underrode the rear bumper of the Spark.

The firms sought economic and human damages from GM. The man has already incurred $565,000 in medical expenses to treat his injuries, and a board-certified physical medicine doctor projected the costs of necessary future treatment and services at $13.6 million. Unable to return to his occupation as a financial manager because of his brain and spinal cord injuries and having nearly 23 years of expected work-life remaining at the time he was so grievously injured, the man’s future lost earnings were calculated by an economist to be in the neighborhood of $6.2 million.

The Ammons Law Firm has a nationwide personal injury practice focusing on tire defects, truck accidents, rollovers, consumer protection and product liability, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, and plant explosions.