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Family of injured toddler awarded $20 million in record suit

The family of a toddler who was severely and permanently injured in a freak car crash was awarded $20 million this week.

On October 2, 2008, the 2-year old girl was riding in a vehicle with her mother when they were struck by a New London well-drilling company’s truck, which had run a red light. The physical damage from the crash itself was minor, but it knocked loose a number of pipes from the back of the truck. One of the pipes smashed through the back window of the girl’s vehicle and struck her head. The damage from the impact caused a number of permanent handicaps, including blindness and traumatic epilepsy.

The girl, who is now 4 and 1/2 years old, will need medical care for the rest of her life; total health care costs for the last two years alone exceeded $850,000.

The lawsuit alleged that the pipes came loose due to a defect in the manufacturing of the truck’s pipe rack, which should have held the pipes in place.

The settlement is the largest on record in Outagamie County. $1 million will be paid by the driver of the truck and his company while the rest will come from the manufacturer of the pipe rack.

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