Appeal Court Upholds Jury Verdict In Case Involving Defective Vehicle Door Locking Mechanism

In an appeal heard in February 2014 from Bamberg County Circuit Court, the South Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a $300,000.00 jury verdict in favor of the Plaintiff, while denying the Defendant's motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, and reversing a denial of seoff and a new trial nisi additur.  This wrongful death and survival action was brought by the decedent’s estate after the decedent was thrown from his 1998 Ford F-150 when his door opened during a roll over.  The trial court originally granted the Plaintiff’s motion for a new trial nisi additure, and awarded the Plaintiff an additional $600,000.00 in actual damages.  However, the Court of Appeals overturned this decision, which left the Plaintiff's family with the original jury verdict of $300,000.00. 

A discussion regarding the law of crashworthiness and it's involvement in this case will follow in a subsequent article.  Should you have any questions regarding auto product product defect please feel free to contact us. 

 

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