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Attorneys file lawsuits seeking $1 billion in damages for two local drivers

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Wednesday morning, attorneys Willie Gary and Miguel Cuadra filed lawsuits in Forsyth and Guilford county courts, seeking a total of $1 billion in damages for their two clients.

The attorneys said David Ebron, of Forsyth County, and Valissa Dillard, of Guilford County, were seriously injured by faulty Takata airbags in their vehicles.

"Our clients have to live with this every day," Gary said. "No nights or days without a reminder by way of pain and suffering, mental anguish and mental agony."

"This affects them every day of their life," Cuadra added. "Every minute of their life."

Over the past several years, millions of Takata airbags have been recalled nationwide.

Cuadra said that in both cases for Ebron and Dillard, the air bags exploded and shot metal shards into their faces.

He said Dillard lost an eye and is likely to lose vision in her other eye, and Ebron also suffered damage to one of his eyes. Both, he said, suffered brain damage.

Cuadra said both have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars already on medical expenses and are not yet done with treatment.

While a payout from Takata would not cure the clients' injuries, the attorneys believe it is the least the company could do.

"A billion dollars might not even be enough," Gary said. "Takata is making billions by the hour. So what is it to them?"

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