Experienced Attorneys Serving the Injured Since 1962
Edwards Law Firm Secures $16 Million Verdict for Victim of Defective Tire
Glasses

Edwards Law Firm Secures $16 Million Verdict for Victim of Defective Tire

(Corpus Christi, TX) – The Edwards Law Firm has won a $16 million verdict for a client paralyzed when a defective tire failed on the Nissan Pathfinder he was driving, flipping the car into a ditch.

Harry Patel, 59, of Ohio, was rendered a quadriplegic after the tread separated on the Pathfinder’s right rear all-terrain tire, causing the crash July 6, 2012, near St. Joseph, Michigan.

The tire came from the same Goodyear manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, NC that was the focus of an earlier lawsuit involving the deaths of two Texas students after a similar tire failure. Firm partner John Gsanger represented the students’ families and helped represent the Michigan crash victim.

Evidence Shows Goodyear Tires Had Deadly Defect

Evidence showed the tires’ tread and steel belting was not properly bonded at the time of manufacture, which led the tread eventually to separate from the tire casing. When this occurs, the tire suffers a catastrophic failure, sending the car out of control, Gsanger explained.

“Our trial evidence included devastating testimony from plant employees who saw dangerous and defective tires shipped out to the public because they were rushed to meet their quotas,” he said.
“Workers told us the plant’s motto was ‘Round and black and out the back,’ which referred to the plant’s careless manufacturing practices and failure to enforce quality control standards,” he added.

“Up to 400 deaths and thousands of injuries are caused by defective tires each year. Most of these crashes involve a rollover, which is by far the most dangerous kind of crash in terms of consequences for drivers and passengers,” said Gsanger, who litigates defective tire cases across the U.S.

Texas Students Die When Goodyear Tire Fails

Gsanger represented the family of college-bound student Kerrybeth Hall, who died, along with Mathew Smith, both of Port Lavaca, Texas, when Smith’s Ford Pickup crashed near Pecos, TX, August 1, 2011. Evidence showed the tread on the Wrangler’s Silent Armor tire had separated. The families reached a confidential settlement with Goodyear.

The Michigan verdict was rendered October 5, 2015, following a two-week trial in the Circuit Court for Berrien County, Michigan. The case is 12-0336-NP, Harishkumar Patel v. Goodyear Tire Co.

Categories

Client Testimonials

Our Clients Always Come First
  • I highly recommend this firm if you are in an accident, especially on a motorcycle. Thank you, Edwards Law Firm!

    - Allison H.
  • They were very helpful with what we had to do and setting up appointments for the doctor and therapist.

    - Claudia B.
  • The Edwards Law Firm has built its reputation on providing caring, yet aggressive advocacy for their clients.

    - Jeff G.

Recent Results

Successful Verdicts & Settlements
  • Refinery - Fell into Tank $11,500,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Death | Net to Client: $6,842,546.09 | Attorney Fees: $3,500,000.00 | Expenses: $157,453.91

  • Premises Negligence $10,750,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Head Injury | Net to Client: $7,166,666.67 | Attorney Fees: $3,583,333.33 | Expenses: $0

  • 18 Wheeler $9,660,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Death | Net to Client: $6,337,277.94 | Attorney Fees: $3,197,915.63 | Expenses: $124,806.43

  • 18 Wheeler $9,000,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Head Injury | Net to Client: $5,069,061.09 | Attorney Fees: $3,600,000.00 } Expenses: $330,938.91

  • Defective Truck $8,200,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Death | Net to Client: $6,308,812.01 | Attorney Fees: $1,840,544.68 | Expenses: $50,643.31

  • Premises Liability $7,810,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Rape | Net to Client: $5,156,632.89 | Attorney Fees: $2,602,943.48 | Expenses: $50,423.63

  • Seat-belt/Rollover $7,535,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Brain Injury | Net to Client: $4,037,523.89 | Attorney Fees: $3,014,000.00 | Expenses: $483,476.11

  • 18 Wheeler $7,000,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Death/Serious Injury | Net to Client: $4,094,098.23 | Attorney Fees: $2,800,000.00 | Expenses: $105,901.77

  • Seatback Failure $6,625,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Head Injury | Net to Client: $3,414,561.37 | Attorney Fees: $2,650,000.00 | Expenses: $560,438.63

  • Oilfield Accident $5,842,228.75 Total Recovery

    Injury: Death | Net to Client: $3,441,771.42 | Attorney Fees: $2,314,953.94 | Expenses: $85,703.38

  • Tire Defect/Seatbelt $5,820,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Death/Head/Ortho | Net to Client: $2,917,287.51 | Attorney Fees: $2,328,000.00 | Expenses: $574,712.49

  • Products/Medical Malpractice $5,629,000 Total Recovery

    Injury: Paraplegic | Net to Client: $2,987,859.17 | Attorney Fees: $2,251,600.00 | Expenses: $389,540.83

/

Why Hire Our Firm?

  • Client-Focused

    For our firm, it is not about the money - we take profound joy in helping our clients get the recoveries they deserve.

  • Highly Qualified

    William R. Edwards & William R. Edwards III are Board Certified® by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

  • Advocates for Ethics

    We are leaders in advocating for ethical conduct by attorneys practicing in the field of personal injury.

  • Strong Case Results

    We are not afraid to go to trial & have recovered millions of dollars in recoveries for our clients.

  • Community-Focused

    We are committed to affecting real change both within our community and across the nation.

  • Experienced Team

    The Edwards Law Firm has been in practice and taking personal injury cases since 1962.

Free Consultation

Phones Answered 24/7
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.