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$1.58 million lawsuit settled

Spring Valley woman wins suit after Leepertown accident

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 3:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 3:28 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — A Bureau County woman has reached a $1.58 million settlement in Bureau County stemming from a 2006 lawsuit against Daktronics Corporation, manufacturer of scoreboards.

Karen Erwin of Spring Valley was represented in her court case by Peru attorney David Olivero.

According to a press release issued Tuesday by Olivero, a Daktronics employee was removing an existing basketball scoreboard in the Leepertown Grade School gymnasium on Oct. 19, 2006, when the scoreboard became dislodged from the wall and fell, striking Erwin, Leepertown Grade School custodian, on the head. The scoreboard weighed more than 200 pounds and caused Erwin to suffer a closed head injury. As a result of the injuries, Erwin received extensive medical care and was never able to work again, Olivero said.

According to Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter Editor John Kirkton, this is the largest reported injury settlement in Bureau County history involving a head injury, the press release stated.

Olivero said the settlement is expected to take care of Erwin’s medical expenses for the rest of her life. Her injury was a significant injury, and so it required a significant settlement. Unfortunately, Erwin will never be the same again, and no amount of money can replace what she has lost, her attorney said.

As reported at the time of the accident in the Bureau County Republican, Erwin and her son, also a custodian at the school, were working in the gymnasium when the Daktronics employee fell from his ladder and struck the floor. Both Erwins were providing first aid to the Daktronics employee, when the scoreboard became dislodged from the wall and fell.

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