Need to clarify

Guest CommentaryNovember 19, 2013 

There has recently been some information in the media that my wife Brittany and I feel needs to be clarified. Yes, my wife and I were involved in a lawsuit with Ford Motor Company and lost.

The misinterpretation was in regards to the amount we supposedly demanded from Ford. It has been reported that we demanded $200 million for compensation. This is incorrect.

Our attorney used the number $20 million including lost wages past and future, medical expenses past and future, and pain and suffering.

Our attorney stated that if the jury felt they wanted to award punitive damages, the ratio is 1-10 times the amount of the award.

The number is a recommendation presented by our lawyers to the jury and in return Ford presents information that they feel should be considered.

The jury takes both sides into account and comes up with a number they feel would be appropriate. The notion that we would have won had we not asked for so much is completely irrelevant.

One more thing — the jury was asked four questions in determining their verdict. The third question asked goes like this — "Was Ford Motor Company negligent in failing to recall or retrofit the F-250?" And the ruling was yes.

The jury agreed that there was a defect in the Ford F250 4x4 diesel 1999 - 2002. It's called a hydro-boost system, which gives fluid to the brakes and steering at the same time. The problem is that when the brakes are applied hard the priority goes to the brakes and diminishes the driver's ability to steer. So, if you drive such a vehicle please beware.

And although this is the exact situation surrounding the accident involving my wife and daughters, the jury voted that the defect did not cause our accident.

Finally, we would like to thank our friends, family and community for their past and continuing support. I would also like to thank the Sierra Star and other media sources. Despite this one fact the media has done a good job at sharing our story and especially in honoring the brave men who saved my family when their accident first happened.

God has kept my family safe and continues to bless us on a daily basis, and for that we are truly grateful.

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