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$16 Million Awarded in Industrial Accident Settlement

Industrial accident yields largest personal injury settlement in Pennsylvania history

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.

The Munley, Munley, & Cartwright firm has years of experience in handling personal injury claims. Our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence of another, call our office at 1-800-318-LAW for a free evaluation of your case.

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