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Injured toddler's family awarded $20 million

$20 million was awarded to the family of a toddler permanently injured in a car crash 2 years ago this week by an Outagamie jury.

The crash took place on October 2, 2008. The girl, who was 2 years old at the time, was in a van with her mother when a truck that had run a red light struck them. While the crash itself was minor, the collision knocked loose a number of pipes from the back of the truck, one of which struck the girl in the head. She suffered severe injuries including blindness and traumatic epilepsy.

As a result, she will need 24/7 care for the rest of her life. Total healthcare 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 that has ever been recorded in Outagamie County. $1 million will be paid by the driver of the truck and the well-drilling company he works for, while the rest will come from the manufacturer of the pipe rack.

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