The Supreme Court awarded $82.6 million to Ms. Benetta Buell-Wilson, who was paralyzed after her Ford Explorer rolled over 4 1/2 times. The Justices rejected Ford Motor Co.’s challenge to the punitive portion of the damages award, which was $55 million. The mother of two was paralyzed from the waist down when the roof collapsed on her neck, severing her spine. The issue stems from Ford’s original design decision to build the new sport utility on the skeleton (frame) of a pickup truck instead of all in one piece, like a car. The jury concluded that Ford knew the Explorer had design defects that made it prone to rollovers in emergency maneuvers. A jury initially awarded Buell-Wilson $369 million, including $246 million in punitive damages; however the courts cut the size of the award twice.
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