Ford Motor Company and Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC have agreed to a settlement on behalf of a severely injured client.  The case arose out of a three-vehicle crash on a major interstate just north of Kansas City, Missouri.  The vehicles encountered black ice on an overpass and spun out of control.  As the vehicles exited the interstate they struck a guard rail.  One of the vehicles, a 2002 Ford Econoline Van, overrode the guardrail and a portion of the guardrail punctured the fuel tank. After the van came to rest, gasoline poured out of the punctured fuel tank, puddling under the van.  A few moments later, our client’s vehicle hit the same patch of black ice and spun into the Econoline van, igniting the pool of gasoline.  Our client was unable to free himself from his burning vehicle and was removed by members of the Kansas City Fire Department.  As a result of his severe burns, both our client’s legs were amputated.

The 2002 Econoline’s fuel tank extended a few inches below the frame rail and was not shielded.  Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC alleged that this vulnerable location and the failure to properly shield the tank were defects in the design of the van.  In the discovery phase, Ford denied conducting puncture resistance testing during the design and development of the subject fuel tank.  However, after an exhaustive review of court files from a prior Ford fire case, attorney Brad Kuhlman discovered Ford had concealed documents.  In light of Ford’s misrepresentations, Kuhlman & Lucas attorneys filed a motion for sanctions with the court and were granted over $30,000 in sanctions.  The case settled for a confidential amount shortly after the court ordered sanctions against Ford.

Brad Kuhlman of Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC and Leah Mason of Edelman & Thompson represented the client.

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Automotive Product Liability

Cars and their components must be designed and manufactured to be reasonably safe. Despite the progress made in auto safety over the years, defects still occur frequently and the manufacturers must be held responsible for the severe consequences of those defects. At Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC, we have extensive experience in handling various auto defect cases, including seat belt defects, airbag defects, tire defects, vehicle fires and more.


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Personal Injury / Wrongful Death

If you or a loved one has been severely injured or killed as a result of the negligence of another party or a defective product, you have the right to be justly and fairly compensated for your damages, including pain, suffering and/or emotional distress. The financial burdens of a traumatic personal injury or wrongful death can be heavy, with costly medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity or funeral costs that may put you on the brink of bankruptcy. Trust the experienced personal injury attorneys at Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC to fight for the justice you deserve.


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Drugs and Medical Devices

Prescription drug and device manufacturers are supposed to spend the appropriate amount of time and money determining the safety and effects of what they produce for the market. However, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry has extensive resources and a strong incentive to protect its bottom line, and is sometimes willing to put the public at risk. The Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC team has the experience and resources necessary to investigate and prove a client\'s claims.


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Commercial and Corporate Litigation

The Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC team has extensive experience in pursuing large corporations whose negligence has led to preventable, severe injuries and even deaths. These commercial and corporate cases have been litigated in state and federal courts across the United States and the firm has represented people who have been severely injured themselves or have lost a loved one due to the wrongful actions of others. Kuhlman & Lucas has taken on many multi-national corporations aggressively and without fear of failure, and is prepared to handle any case.


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