Case Conclusion Date: February 18, 2010
Practice Area: Personal Injury
Outcome: $23.4 million
Description: A jury deliberated for 5 days after a 6 week trial and awarded Plaintiff $23.4 million in a civil judgment against Ford Motor Co. for an accident that left her a quadriplegic. Ms. Castillo, 40, lost control of her 1997 Ford Explorer on March 23, 2007 after the tread separated from her left-rear tire as she drove on the 15 Freeway near Murrieta. Evidence was presented that design faults caused the vehicle to easily lose control when the tire tread separated. The car left the freeway and rolled three times down an embankment. The accident left her legs and most of her body paralyzed, with limited movement in her arms.