Bodiford Law Group Recent Settlements and Verdicts
The Bodiford Law Group have successfully represented injury victims throughout the United States including
Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee and California in cases ranging from defective tire accidents to slip and fall
cases at major Orlando theme parks. The firm has continued to work on a number of cases in the area of products
liability in both auto and non-auto situations.
SOME OF OUR RECENT CASE RESULTS:
Toyota Sequoia Rollover Accident Results in Paralysis
defective Electronic Stability Control system or ESC, which is specifically designed to prevent rollover accidents.
The Bodiford Law Group represented all members of the family. Their injuries ranged from a crushed hand to
paralysis. Defective ESC cases are extremely difficult to prove but at mediation Mr. Bodiford was able to obtain a
significant confidential settlement for all members of the family including funds to insure the paralyzed victims
medical requirements will be taken care of for life.
Our client was at work driving a tow truck in Northeast Florida when the tire on his vehicle de-treaded at high speed
causing a serious accident. The driver was seriously injured and had to undergo a anterior cervical fusion surgery
where they had to fuse part of his spine by entering through his neck . Our client has been unable to return to work
since the accident. Mr. Bodiford reached a confidential settlement with the tire manufacturer for his injury, lost
work, as well as his pain and suffering.
2003 BMW 325I Wrongful Airbag Deployment
the 2003 BMW 325I driven by his mother. They got into a fender bender
when another car improperly merged into their lane, which caused the front
right of the BMW and the driver’s side door of the other car to strike each
other. This resulted in only minor damage, a “fender bender”; however, the
injuries sustained weren’t minor at all, in fact, they were severe. During the
collision, the front passenger airbag system in the BMW 325I failed to perform
properly and upon impact, the airbag violently deployed and powerfully struck
the young boy’s face with excessive force causing severe, traumatic and
permanent injuries to his eyes and face. As a result of these injuries, the boy
ended up having to have his eye removed. Mr. Bodiford was able to reach a
settlement with BMW, providing compensation to ensure the young boy will
receive proper medical treatment.
2008 Honda Accord Seatbelt and Airbag failure
Our client was the passenger in a 2008 Honda Accord that was being driven by
her son when they got into a head on collision with another vehicle. Our client
was properly belted at the time of this collision. Nevertheless, the seatbelt
completely failed to restrain her nor did the airbag deploy, leaving our client
completely unprotected in this accident. These failures caused her to violently
hit the dashboard and A pillar of the car frame. As a result, our client was
severely injured in multiple areas of her body and had to undergo several
correcting surgeries. The parties reached a settlement with Honda.
Ford Expedition / Cooper Tire Tread Separation
On December 5, 2010, our client was an occupant in a 1999 Ford Expedition XLT. Suddenly and without warning,
the tread of one of their tires, Cooper Tire’s Futura tire, separated, detached and violently flew off the vehicle. As
a direct result of the tire tread separation, our client sustained incapacitating injuries which ultimately lead to her
death. The defective condition of the tire was unreasonably dangerous, unfit and unsafe for its intended uses and
purposes, and therefore led to the unfortunate damages, injuries and death to our client. Mr. Bodiford reached a
settlement with Cooper Tire which will provide compensation for the children and husband our client left behind.
Chevy Trailblazer Wrongful Death from Rollover
On July 25, 2011, three occupants (two of which were children under the age of 13) of a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer
were catastrophically injured when the vehicle rolled over 2 ½ times, until finally coming to a rest on its roof.
The vehicle was designed, manufactured and assembled without basic corrective actions, and its structure and
design resulted in a vehicle with an unreasonably dangerous propensity to oversteer and rollover. This accident
involved roadway re-entry, which is one of the accident scenarios ESC systems are specifically designed to prevent.
Despite evidence that all three of the referenced passengers were wearing their seat belts, both the youngest
passenger and driver were ejected and sustained multiple blunt force injuries from which they died, and the other
passenger was airlifted to the hospital, where it was determined they had sustained life changing, catastrophic
injuries. Mr. Bodiford reached a settlement with General Motors to help with the financial needs of the children the
driver left behind.
Chinese Tire Tread Separation - Serious Injury
On June 25, 2010our client was operating a 2002 Ford Van on I-75
when suddenly and without warning, the left rear tire failed and the
tread separated, causing the vehicle to be uncontrollable and overturn
several times. Our client suffered a rotator cuff injury, which led to
surgery and him being unable to return to work as a carpenter. During
the litigation of this case, Mr. Bodiford found these Chinese defective
tires to be at fault for hundreds of accidents across the country. The
materials used in these tires in China are substandard and unreasonably
dangerous. These brand new defective tires from China had just been
bought by our client weeks before the accident. Mr. Bodiford reached
a settlement to help our client with his medical bills and lost wages.
BMW Airbag Causes Blindness - Confidential Settlement
Our client was a passenger in a 300 series BMW when a minor collision occurred in West Palm Beach, when the
driver of the BMW rear-ended the vehicle in front of her. The passenger side airbag deployed with tremendous
force and hit the passenger in the face. As a result of the blunt force trauma, caused by the air bag, the passenger’
s eye was ruptured and it had to be removed. This loss of sight in one eye caused the passenger to not be able to
work and to incur large medical bills. Our client and BMW settled this claim at mediation for a confidential amount.
Airbag in Mitsubishi Eclipse Causes Serious Facial Damage
Our client was a passenger in a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse in Tennessee,when the driver rear-ended the car in front
of him resulting in minor damage to the front of the car. Despite that, the passenger side air bag deployed
forcefully knocking the sun visor off of its holder and into the face of our client, causing horrible injuries to her face,
nose and mouth. Several teeth were knocked out and she suffered a broken palate. In the future she is going to
need root canals on several other teeth. The parties reached a confidential settlement. This case was very similar
to one the Mr. Bodiford did in 2013 when another young lady was injured when her passenger side air bag in her
2003 Eclipse deployed knocking the visor into her face. The parties reached a confidential settlement in that case
Isuzu Rodeo Roof Crush - Confidential Settlement
Mr. Bodiford represented a 40 year old man who was a passenger in a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo which rolled over and as
a result the roof crushed therefore causing spinal cord damage rendering the passenger a quadriplegic. The Isuzu
Rodeo has had a long history of problems with its roof structure due to the fact that it is made out of inadequate
materials. The parties reached a confidential settlement amount which will insure that the client has payments
every month for the rest of his life to take care of his medical bills and living expenses as he will not be able to
return to work.
Wrongful Death from Buick Lucerne Airbag Failure
An elderly gentleman was driving his 2006 Buick Lucerne on I-95 in Daytona Beach, Florida when a truck forced
him off the road and into the guardrail at high speed. Despite the fact, the air bag in the Buick Lucerne failed to
deploy resulting in the driver hitting his head on the steering wheel which resulted in a sub dermal hematoma that
caused his death the next day. A lawsuit was filed against General Motors stating that had the airbag deployed the
driver would not have died as the airbag would have protected his head. The parties reached a confidential
settlement agreement providing compensation to his wife who had a very close, long term, loving relationship with
the gentleman who died.
Spinal Cord Damage Resulting from Tire Tread Separation
A gentleman who was driving a Ford Explorer on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Philadelphia when the Goodyear
tire on the vehicle suffered a tread separation resulting in the rollover of the Ford Explorer. As a result of this the
driver, who was represented by Mr. Bodiford, had a major surgery called an anterior cervical fusion, whereby the
surgeon makes an incision in the front of the neck to repair spinal cord damage on the back of the neck.
SUV Rollover on I-95 - Confidential Settlement Reached
The family was traveling from New York to Florida in their General Motors 2005 Trail Blazer, SUV when the driver
made a sudden steering maneuver. The SUV rolled over on the pavement resulting in the death of the driver. He
left six children who now did not have his support or services. The accident happened on I-95 in South Carolina. A
confidential settlement was reached at mediation that provided for his children, two of whom were minors.
We represented the family of an employee at a farm in Idaho who was killed while cleaning a pig feeding machine.
A hose got entangled in the spinning blades of the machine, dragging him in. We argued that there should have
been a guard to prevent him from falling into the machine. There was also no automatic shutoff when the top was
open and no warning about the dangers of operating the machine. Attorney Raymond Bodiford sued the
manufacturer, Big Dutchman AG, in Federal Court in Pocatello, Idaho. We reached a confidential settlement.
2008 Buick Lucerne- Driver killed when airbag failed to deploy
We represented the family of a man who was driving North on Interstate 95 when he was cut off by a semi-truck. His
2008 Buick Lucerne then hit the guardrail but the airbag failed to deploy. We found that the force of the accident
was well above the threshold required to deploy the airbag, yet the airbag did not activate to protect the victim, who
later died at Florida Hospital in Daytona Beach. His fatal injuries included a subdural-hematoma. Attorney Ray
Bodiford filed a wrongful death claim against General Motors and we reached a confidential settlement.
Defective product- Man electrocuted while using poorly designed fruit picker
A man was fatally electrocuted while picking avocados in his backyard in Orlando. He was using a fruit picker made
of aluminum, a strong conductor of electricity, which formed a circuit with hidden overhead power lines running
through the avocado tree. Attorney Raymond Bodiford sued the manufacturer of the fruit picker on behalf of the
victim’s family, arguing that an object designed to go high up into trees should never have been made of metal in
light of the common electrocution hazard posed by power lines.
Our expert electrical engineer performed testing which showed that the victim would still be alive had his fruit picker
been made of non-conductive fiberglass or wood. The manufacturer covered the tool in an orange nylon polymer
coating – magnifying the hazard by making it appear and feel to be made of something other than metal. Also, the
fruit picker’s only warning about the danger of electrocution was written in fine print literally too small to read on the
back of a piece of cardboard stuck into the basket. An expert industrial design psychologist was prepared to testify
at trial that this warning was negligent and failed commonly accepted industry standards.
We also filed suit against the power company for failing to maintain the area around the obscured power lines. We
settled with the power company, and later settled with the manufacturer right before trial for a confidential amount.
Rollover- Isuzu Rodeo accident leads to devastating quadriplegic paralysis
We represented a man who was severely injured after his Isuzu Rodeo rolled off the road in Rockingham County,
Virginia. The vehicle was struck in the back by another vehicle causing it to spin and roll over three times. Our
client was belted in the passenger seat when the rollover occurred and he suffered devastating injuries resulting in
C5-C6 level paralysis. After filing suit in Virginia we reached a confidential settlement.
Unwarranted air bag deployment and Air Bag/Sun visor interaction
We obtained a confidential settlement for our client, a beautiful young woman whose life changed forever on
October 14, 2010. Our client was a passenger in her own car, a Mitsubishi Eclipse when a minor collision occurred
with another vehicle in Clark County, Nevada. The accident was estimated at 5-10 miles per hour. Despite the low
speed the airbags deployed. The air bag slammed against the sun visor striking our client and causing her serious
injuries. According to the manual the air bag should only deploy at speeds above 15 miles per hour. Clearly, this
design requirement was not met.
1998 Toyota Tacoma – Runaway Car could not be stopped!
We obtained a confidential settlement for the family of our client after the 1998 Toyota Tacoma suddenly and
unexpectedly failed to stop. Our clients were driving on their vehicle in Las Vegas when suddenly they experienced
a mechanical problem and Tacoma could not be stopped when the brakes were applied. As a result of the
malfunction Our client told his wife to jump out of the vehicle and then he exited the vehicle fearing for their safety.
This sudden and unexpected malfunction of the defective vehicle was the reason for our clients traumatic injuries
that caused his death a short time later.
2005 Toyota Camry – Negligence of Driver caused passenger serious injuries
We obtained a confidential settlement for our client. The facts show that at approximately 4:15 P.M. on October 06,
2012, our client, our client was a passenger in a 2005 Toyota Camry. The driver was traveling eastbound on Old
Dixie Highway in Apopka, Florida, approaching the intersection of Vick Road. The Toyota Camry then veered off
the roadway onto the right grass shoulder striking a wooden utility pole, with the right passenger side of the vehicle,
continued forward through 75 feet of chain linked fencing, and finally hitting a large tree where the car came to a
stop. As a result of this accident and the forces during the impact, our client suffered a right patella fracture,
patellar tendon laxity, and chest pain.
Michelin Tire Detreads causing driver serious injuries
We obtained a confidential settlement for our client. He was
driving his employer’s 1999 Chevy pickup, traveling on Highway 429
southbound after completing a landscape job for his employer, Meister
Grounds Maintenance. He was traveling at the posted speed limit of 65
mph when suddenly the left rear tire de-treaded/failed to maintain tread
and separated causing him to lose control of the truck. Michelin’s tire
was defectively designed and manufactured. He suffered a lumbar
vertebrae fracture and spent months in rehab.
rear tire de-treaded and separated causing him to lose control of the truck. This tire detread caused the vehicle to
go off road and overturn rolling onto the passenger side resulting in serious injuries to our client. These injuries
included a catastrophic spinal injury and back surgery. Mr. Bodiford attained a settlement for our client to help with
2011 Results - click here for details
December 2010 - Premises Liability Settlement $7.75 million -Security Guard shot by gang members
receives compensation for future medical expenses
December 2010 - Slip and Fall Accident at Orlando Theme Park results in Confidential Settlement
August 2010 - Paraplegic’s case against Volvo Trucks settles for a significant undisclosed amount
June 2010 - Confidential Financial Settlement for False Arrest
2017 THE BODIFORD LAW GROUP
The Bodiford Law Group represents seriously injured people throughout Florida and the nation.
Motor Vehicles Accidents
Car, Motorcycle and Bicycle
Accidents with Commercial
Air Bag Failure
Defective Fuel Systems
Child Safety Seats
Door Latch Design Defects
Auto Glass Defects
Conversion Van Accidents
Roof Crush Defects