A federal jury in Illinois awarded a South Carolina woman $15 million recently after finding that a tire on the motorcycle she was riding on had a defect and caused an accident that left her with severe brain damage.

The jurors found that Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America Ltd. was responsible for the 2002 accident that occurred on an interstate highway in Livingston County, Illinois.

Trish McCloud was riding back to her home in Michigan from a bike rally in St. Louis when the tire deflated. The driver lost control of the motorcycle and crashed.

When the bike flipped, Ms. McCloud struck her head on the pavement. Although she was wearing a helmet, the impact was so great that it caused severe brain damage.

As a result of her injuries, Ms. McCloud is partially paralyzed and requires around-the-clock care. The driver was hurt, but his injuries weren’t as severe as those suffered by Ms. McCloud.

The jury verdict was broken down as follows: $1.5 million for disfigurement; $4.89 million for pain and suffering; $4.89 million for loss of enjoyment of life; and about $3.8 million for past and future medical expenses.

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