Jury Awards $3.35 Million to Woman Injured by a Defective Airbag

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Represented by Los Angeles personal injury law firm, Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy, a woman who was seriously injured when her airbags failed to deploy following a vehicle collision was awarded $3,350,000 by a federal court jury in Las Vegas.

Los Angeles personal injury law firm, Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy announces that on August 27, 2014, a federal court jury in Las Vegas, Nevada awarded Nicole Thompson $3.3 million in the case, Nicole Thompson v. TRW Automotive, Inc., Case No. 2:09-cv-1375-JAD-PAL, in the United States District Court, District of Nevada. Lead Counsel for Plaintiff, Nicole Thompson was Clay Robbins III of Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy.

According to court documents, On April 27, 2007, 19-year-old Nicole Thompson was driving a 1998 Dodge Neon on Nellis Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada when another car traveling in the lane to her left suddenly made a sharp right turn into Ms. Thompson's lane and struck her left front. The impact forced the Neon toward the right, where it jumped the curb and struck an 18-inch wide power pole at approximately 30 miles per hour. The airbags did not deploy.

Ms. Thompson suffered a left-side stroke brought on by a carotid artery dissection as a result of the collision as well as a ruptured disc. These injuries left the accident victim with permanent cognitive impairment and physical disabilities along with associated psychological issues, all of which were brought about due to the airbag's failure to deploy as expected.

The court records also showed that the Dodge Neon's airbags did not deploy due to a feature implemented by the airbag sensor manufacturer that suppressed the airbag firing mechanism under certain conditions. Evidence presented during the trial revealed the failure of the airbag sensor manufacturer to account for the operation of depowered airbag systems and the foreseeability of the need to deploy in a multi-impact or concatenated crash event, such as a vehicle on vehicle collision followed by a curb strike.

The Special Verdict court document detailing the jury's decision in this case reflected that the Plaintiff's past medical expenses and earnings loss from the crash was $1.2 million. After a 20-day trial before Judge Jennifer Dorsey of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, the jury deliberated for less than one day and returned a verdict of $3,350,000 for the plaintiff and against the maker of the defective airbag sensor.

About Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy

For over sixty years, Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy has been devoted to protecting the legal rights of accident victims in all areas of personal injury and wrongful death law, including aviation, automobile, product liability, railroad, construction, medical malpractice and maritime law.

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Suite 650, Los Angeles
California 90067

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