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$1.6 Million Awarded To Man Injured In Grain Bin Accident

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A Wilson County District Court awarded a Kansas man $1.6 million who lost his leg in a grain bin accident though Kansas has a cap on compensatory damages that may reduce the award.

Sam Rollings was sweeping a grain bin in 2007 at the Fredonia Cooperative Association, Inc., when his right foot and leg got caught in the drag chain of a conveyor system supplied by Ken Babcock Sales, Inc. Rollings was severely injured in the accident and ended up losing his leg.

Rollings’ product liability lawsuit named Babcock as negligent for failing to provide adequate warnings, instructions and safety measure for grain bin workers, and also claimed that the unguarded drag chain was unreasonable dangerous and the conveyor system defective.

Babcock passed the blame to Fredonia Cooperative Association, saying having workers sweep the bin while the conveyor was running was negligent.

The jury found fault to be Babcock 46%, Fredonia 44% and Rollings 10%. The lawsuit sought and Rollings was awarded $1.6 million for past and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost earnings. disclaimer: This article: $1.6 Million Awarded To Man Injured In Grain Bin Accident was posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 5:17 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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