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Tesla reached a $13 million settlement with a former contract worker who was left permanently disabled after being struck by a Model S while on the job (TSLA)

Tesla reached a $13 million settlement with a former contract worker who was left permanently disabled after being struck by a Model S while on the job (TSLA)
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Tesla reached a $13 settlement on May 10 with former contractor Teodora Tapia, who was "permanently disabled" after being hit by a Model S sedan, according to Parris Law Firm, which represented Tapia.




A Tesla representative told Business Insider that Joseph Aguilar, who was driving the Model S that hit Tapia, was an employee of West Valley Staffing Group, which the representative said "will pay the bulk of the settlement."




West Valley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.




The incident left Tapia with "serious and permanent injuries to her lower extremities and body," according to a lawsuit against Tesla.




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Tesla reached a $13 settlement on May 10 with former contractor Teodora Tapia, who was "permanently disabled" after being hit by a Model S sedan, according to Parris Law Firm, which represented Tapia.
A Tesla representative told Business Insider that Joseph Aguilar, who was driving the Model S that hit Tapia, was an employee of West Valley Staffing Group, which the representative said "will pay the bulk of the settlement." But in an April 26 court filing, Tesla agreed that it shared liability for Aguilar's conduct with West Valley.
"We care deeply about the safety and well-being of everyone who works at Tesla's facilities, whether they are a contractor or Tesla employee," the Tesla representative said.
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