Tesla reached a $13 million settlement with a former contract employee who was left completely disabled after being struck by a Mannequin S whereas on the job (TSLA)

Tesla reached a $13 settlement on Might 10 with former contractor Teodora Tapia, who was "completely disabled" after being hit by a Mannequin S sedan, based on Parris Regulation Agency, which represented Tapia. A Tesla consultant instructed Enterprise Insider that Joseph Aguilar, who was driving the Mannequin S that hit Tapia, was an worker of West Valley Staffing Group, which the consultant stated "can pay the majority of the settlement." West Valley didn't instantly reply to a request for remark. The incident left Tapia with "critical and everlasting accidents to her decrease extremities and physique," based on a lawsuit towards Tesla. Go to Enterprise Insider's homepage for extra tales. Tesla reached a $13 settlement on Might 10 with former contractor Teodora Tapia, who was "completely disabled" after being hit by a Mannequin S sedan, based on Parris Regulation Agency, which represented Tapia. A Tesla consultant instructed Enterprise Insider that Joseph Aguilar, who was driving the Mannequin S that hit Tapia, was an worker of West Valley Staffing Group, which the consultant stated "can pay the majority of the settlement." However in an April 26 court docket submitting, Tesla agreed that it shared legal responsibility for Aguilar's conduct with West Valley. "We care deeply concerning the security and well-being of everybody who works at Tesla's services, whether or not they're a contractor or Tesla worker," the Tesla consultant stated. West Valley didn't instantly reply to a request for remark. Learn extra: Tesla manufacturing unit staff took twice as many days off final 12 months than in 2017 due to harm or illness Tapia, a former worker of Flagship Facility Companies, was working as a janitor at Tesla's vehicle-assembly plant in Fremont, California, in August 2014 when she was hit by a Mannequin S, based on a lawsuit towards the electric-car maker.  Aguilar was trying to maneuver a European model of the Mannequin S to a special a part of a Tesla warehouse, however was not licensed to drive it, Parris Regulation Agency stated in a press release. The incident left Teodora with "critical and everlasting accidents to her decrease extremities and physique," based on the lawsuit. Parris Regulation agency described the accidents as a everlasting incapacity. "Whereas Teodora won't ever be the identical, this settlement will assist present for her ongoing care and the wants of her household," Parris Regulation Agency legal professional Khail Parris stated within the assertion. "Tesla should take higher look after its workers sooner or later, however we're relieved our shopper will have the ability to look after herself for a few years to return." Harm statistics and stories from media retailers have raised questions on employee security at Tesla's factories, although considerations about office security usually are not distinctive to Tesla within the auto business. Tesla obtained extra citations from OSHA associated to car manufacturing than Ford, Normal Motors, or Fiat Chrysler from 2017 by means of the top of 2018. Stories from Reveal printed in 2018 claimed that Tesla misreported office accidents, averted utilizing security markings for aesthetic causes, and failed to provide injured workers correct medical care. Tesla has denied that it has misreported office accidents and failed to make use of security markings for aesthetic causes. The automaker didn't reply to requests for touch upon the allegation that it failed to provide injured workers correct medical therapy. Have you ever labored for Tesla? Do you might have a narrative to share? Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com. Learn extra: A Tesla Mannequin S reportedly caught hearth within the car parking zone of a Hong Kong shopping center Tesla was named the most-loved automobile model by AutoTrader Panasonic's CEO stated the corporate could not make sufficient batteries for Tesla subsequent 12 months It is time for Tesla to enter stealth mode for the remainder of 2019 SEE ALSO: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi stated Elon Musk will not have the ability to hit his purpose of placing Tesla robotaxis on the highway subsequent 12 months Be a part of the dialog about this story » NOW WATCH: The Qiantu Ok50 is China's first electrical supercar coming to the US