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$16 Million Awarded in Industrial Accident Settlement

Published July 8, 2009 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The Philadelphia Daily News reports the owner of a landfill and Caterpillar Inc. have agreed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to pay one of the largest settlements in Pennsylvania history for a single-victim personal injury case.

The companies have agreed to pay $16.25 million to a man whose legs were crushed by a bulldozer three years ago.

On May 1, 2006, the man was working his fifth day on the job as a truck spotter at the Chrin Sanitary Landfill, when a massive track loader backed around a pile of garbage and ran him over, crushing his legs.

He developed serious infections due to the garbage that had been crushed into his wounds. His right leg, part of his right hip, and most of his left leg had to be removed.

The lawsuit claimed the owners of the landfill had not trained the victim sufficiently and the Caterpillar didn’t have adequate rear vision.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience in personal injury cases. Our offices are conveniently located in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Watertown, and Syracuse. Call our 24-hour answering service at (607) 235-2754 or contact us via our online contact form. All calls and inquiries are responded to the same day, usually within one hour. There is no case-review cost.

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