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Custodian granted $1.58M settlement in Bureau County

Published: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

SPRING VALLEY – A Bureau County woman injured when a scoreboard fell and hit her on the head has reached a $1.58 million settlement with Daktronics Corp., which made the scoreboard.

Karen Erwin of Spring Valley was represented in Bureau County Court by Peru attorney David Olivero.

According to a news release Olivero issued Tuesday, and to Bureau County Republican archives:

A Daktronics employee was removing a basketball scoreboard in the Leepertown Grade School gym on Oct. 19, 2006, when he fell off the ladder.

Erwin and her son, also a school custodian, were working in the gym and were helping the man when the scoreboard, which weighed more than 200 pounds, fell off the wall and hit her in the head.

Erwin needed extensive medical care and never will be able to work again, and the settlement is expected to take care of her medical expenses for the rest of her life, Olivero said in the release.

According to Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, this is the largest settlement involving a head injury in the history of Bureau County, he noted.

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