Farrar & Ball, LLP successfully concluded litigation with General Motors Corp. In August of 2006, the Ramirez family were traveling in their General Motors Astro minivan when the left rear tire failed by belt/tread separation. The Astro van rolled on dry flat pavement without being tripped by road debris of any kind. During the roll, the A and B pillar of the Astro van collapsed into the passenger compartment thereby causing catastrophic failure of the safety restraint system. The failure of the restraint system resulted in the partial ejection of Mr. Ramirez during the roll. As a result of his partial ejection, Mr. Ramirez’s head was pinched between the pavement and minivan, which resulted in fatal injuries. Scene evidence and pictures unequivocally proved all occupants were wearing their seatbelt during the rollover. It was necessary for emergency personnel to cut Mr. Ramirez from his seatbelt before being removed. Three other occupants survived the rollover, although two occupants – both minor children – suffered severe brain injuries as a result of being ejected from the vehicle during the roll.
Farrar & Ball, LLP filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp. and Key Safety Systems, the manufacturer of the seatbelt and restraint system. During the following year, Farrar & Ball, LLP were successful in obtaining tens of thousands of pages of documents from General Motors and co-defendants. The substance of these documents are protected from disclosure by Court order at the insistence of General Motors.
In the year after Farrar & Ball, LLP filed suit, we aggressively worked to prove the case as stated in initial court pleadings. During the thirteenth month after the case was filed, and three months from the beginning of trial, General Motors settled the case for a confidential amount of money.
Farrar & Ball, LLP are dedicated to helping those injured due to corporate neglect. Our firm has developed specialized knowledge of tire and vehicle failures and each respective industry. If you have a case involving injury as the result of a tire or vehicle failure, please call us immediately. We aggressively work every cases as though it was our only case and client. You too will receive specialized attention and mentoring in addition to the expertise.