$9.5 Million Awarded to Tractor Accident Victim

$9.5 million awarded in tractor injury suitA jury in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, has recently awarded a tractor accident victim $9.5 million in damages as the outcome of her personal injury lawsuit against John Deere and Smith True Value Hardware.

Phyllis Soileau was allegedly employed by the town of Mamou, Louisiana, to clean drainage ditches on the day of the accident, 2TheAdvocate.com reports.

According to the lawsuit, the front loader of a tractor nearby detached from the tractor and fell on Soileau. She allegedly received serious, permanent damage to her leg and ankle as a result of the accident, and will be disabled for life, according to the news source.

The tractor was manufactured by John Deere and had been rented by the town from Smith True Value Hardware, a news release reports.

The $9.5 million award is believed to be one of the largest ever in Evangeline Parish in a personal injury case, according to the release.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 3.6 nonfatal workplace injuries per 100 full-time workers in 2009. This represents a decrease from the 2008 figure of 3.9 nonfatal workplace injuries per 100 full-time workers.