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Paralyzed boy wins multi-million dollar lawsuit against Ford Motor Company

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Tennessee family has won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Ford Motor Company.

Billy Meals was awarded millions for injuries he received in a 2002 car accident on Covington Pike in the Raleigh-Bartlett area.

Billy, who was six years old at the time, was riding in the back seat of a Mercury Marquis when a drunk driver slammed into the car. Heis father and grandfather, both in the fornt seat, were killled instantly. Billy was left paralyzed from the waist down.
Attorney Houston Gordon says the car's adult seat belt system was inappropriate for a child's use.

"He had the shoulder strap behind his back. And so, when the collision took place, instead of the seat belt holding him, he was bent over it at the abdomen" Gordon said.

The complaint filed against Ford claims the company's defective and unreasonably dangerous seat belt system is to blame for Meals being paralyzed.

"Ford argued that the seat belt was appropriate, and that he shouldn't have had the strap behind his back," said Gordon.

But the jury agreed that Ford is in fact responsible for paying 15 percent of the $43 million dollars in total damages. That adds up to over $6.5 million.

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