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Santosa vs. The Chrysler Corporation and Gerstel, 113 Wash.App. 1031, 2002 WL 31045305 (Wash.App. Div. 1)

Practice Area: Personal injury

Outcome: Plaintiff verdict $6.2 Million judgment and verdict plus interest

Description: Client suffered below the knee leg amputation; fractured leg; head and hand injuries; scars. The jury determined that the 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokees were not reasonably safe due to their design. Defendant, Daimler Chrysler was negligent for failing to retrofit the Jeep with a brake transmission shift interlock and failing to provide adequate warning after the Jeep was manufactured. There were over 500 active runaway Jeep Cherokee injury and death cases nationally and this was the first that had carried a jury verdict. Daimler Chrysler's appeal was rejected at the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court levels; consequently, Buckley & Associates successfully forced Daimler Chrylser to pay the judgment, plus interest, for a net total recovery exceeding $6.2 million dollars.

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