ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal jury in Albuquerque found a 2001 Volvo defective and found nearly $10 million in damages after a toddler suffered permanent brain damage from activating a power window that trapped her neck and deprived her of oxygen.
The jury heard two weeks of testimony before U.S. District Judge Kenneth Gonzales of Las Cruces in the product liability case, before finding damages calculated at $9,686,225 for past medical expenses, future lost earnings and care of the child. The family is eligible to collect nearly $7 million of that amount.
The lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Branch Law Firm on behalf of Andres Rivera, the father of the injured girl, Alana.
James Ragan, a Corpus Christi lawyer who represented the family at trial, said Alana’s father had gone to pick up the girl’s elder brother at school in Santa Fe on Sept. 27, 2010, and was tired after a day of doing yardwork.