PARRIS Law Firm Settles Tesla Personal Injury Case for $13 Million

ALAMEDA, Calif., May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A Tesla Factory janitor has finally received justice after a careless employee crashed and pinned PARRIS Law Firm client, Teodora Tapia between two bumpers while she was mopping up a puddle of water. On Friday, May 10, 2019, PARRIS Law Firm attorneys settled the personal injury lawsuit against Tesla, Inc. for $13 Million.  Teodora was represented by attorneys R. Rex Parris, Khail A. Parris, Bruce L. Schechter, and Eric N. Wilson of PARRIS Law Firm.

While trying to move a European version of a Tesla Model S to a separate location within the warehouse, the defendant, Joseph Aguilar mistakenly put the car into drive and crashed into Teodora, crushing her lower extremities. Because of the European layout of the Tesla that Aguilar was driving, and the fact that he wasn’t certified to operate the vehicle, Aguilar lost control of the vehicle leaving Teodora permanently disabled.  Teodora is now unable to work or provide for her family.

“While Teodora will never be the same, this settlement will help provide for her ongoing care and the needs of her family,” said PARRIS Law Firm attorney Khail A. Parris. “Tesla must take greater care for its employees in the future, but we’re relieved our client will be able to care for herself for many years to come.”

The case came close to trial as jury selection was completed on May 9th. It would have been the first personal injury lawsuit to go to trial against Tesla Motors for lax workplace safety standards.

The case is Teodora Tapia v. Tesla Motors, Alameda Superior Court, Case No. HG16825911.

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PARRIS Law Firm has dedicated the past 3 years to representing families affected by catastrophic injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent actions. The experienced team at PARRIS, a Los Angeles County-based business, fight tirelessly against corporate defense attorneys to make sure their clients are fairly compensated for their pain and suffering. PARRIS has secured numerous multi-million dollar victories for their clients, including a historic, record-breaking defamation jury verdict in Los Angeles for $370 million, a $135 million wage-and-hour class action settlement, and a $56 million jury verdict for their client who was catastrophically injured in a big rig accident.  Considered one of the top Personal Injury, Employment, and Environmental law firms in the country, the PARRIS Law Firm has the proven skill and track record to help families in need. Recognized by top publications such as U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyer’s ® magazine, Super Lawyers®, and Top Attorney’s® in California, the PARRIS Law Firm has what it takes to make sure justice is served. For more information, visit

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