Border Patrol Agent Paralyzed in Rollover Accident
(San Diego) — Lawyers for the family of a Border Patrol agent paralyzed in 2007 during a rollover accident announced the filing of a products liability lawsuit today against Ford Motor Co. in Pima County (Tucson, Arizona) Superior Court.
United States Border Patrol Agent Luis Pena Jr. was on duty near Casa Grande, Ariz. on Oct. 18, 2007. Agent Pena was driving his Border Patrol-issued vehicle, a 2003 Ford F-250 XL Super Duty Truck, when he received a call for a narcotics violation. As he responded to the call, Agent Pena’s Ford drifted to the right side of the road, and the tires began to leave the paved road surface. Agent Pena attempted to correct the vehicle, but the truck veered to the left into a sideways slide, leaving the roadway and rolling over.
During the rollover, the driver’s side of the Ford’s roof collapsed onto Agent Pena, causing catastrophic injuries and trapping him in the truck. Agent Pena’s spine was broken, rendering him a quadriplegic.
Agent Pena was 30 years old at the time of the accident and lived in Arizona with his wife and two young daughters. He was assigned to the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Agent Pena is a true hero, having responded to New York City in the days following the Sept. 11 attack on the United States. During that time, Agent Pena worked as an officer for the Amtrak Police. He had also previously worked as a firefighter and was a fourth degree black belt in karate.
Agent Pena, his wife and children are by represented by John Gomez of the Gomez Law Firm of San Diego and John Ramsey of Simon & Luke in Houston. The family is being represented in Arizona by Jeffrey Jacobson of The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Jacobson, PLLC.
Pena claims that the 2003 Ford F-250 XL Super Duty Truck has a weak roof which caved in as the vehicle rolled, paralyzing Agent Pena.
The family seeks unspecified damages.
Some of the damages recovered will be used to repay the federal government for medical and disability benefits Agent Pena and his family have received as a result of the rollover.
Simon & Luke, based in Houston, has represented hundreds of people throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe who have been victimized by defective products, commercial fraud, aviation, trucking and maritime negligence, and construction accidents. In the past eight years alone, Simon & Luke attorneys have recovered over $240 million for their clients, including numerous settlements in excess of $1 million. Simon & Luke’s offices are at 2929 Allen Parkway, 42nd Floor in Houston, Texas. John Ramsey may be reached at (713) 335-4900 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gomez Law Firm, based in San Diego, represents exclusively plaintiffs in high value business and injury cases. Its founder, John Gomez, has recovered over $130 million in verdicts and settlements since 2000, including the largest wrongful death verdict in California history. The Gomez Law Firm is located at 625 Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego. For more information, contact John Gomez, 619-237-3490 or go to http://thegomezfirm.com.
The two firms have worked together on numerous cases nationally involving dangerous and defective products.
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