Colorado woman wins $4.23 million from Ford in lawsuit
DENVER, Colorado ” A woman paralyzed in a 2006 Weld County rollover accident won a $4.23 million judgment against Ford Motor Co. after she sued alleging a faulty seat belt.
Twenty-year-old Erica Hoffman of Keenesburg, and her parents, claim the seat belt came unlatched during a March 14, 2006, crash on a county road near Keenesburg. After a 31/2 day trial in U.S. District Court, a jury Tuesday awarded Hoffman a total of $18 million in damages, assigning 25 percent of the liability to Ford.
Ford’s attorney, Edward Stewart, told The Denver Post that medical evidence shows Hoffman wasn’t wearing her seat belt and he plans to file an appeal. Hoffman previously settled with seat belt manufacturer TRW Automotive Safety Systems Inc., and the driver of the 1999 Ford Mercury Cougar Coupe for undisclosed amounts.