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Family of permanently injured toddler awarded $20 million

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Earlier this week, $20 million was awarded to the family of a toddler severely and permanently injured in a freak car crash about 2 years ago.

The accident took place on October 2, 2008. The girl was riding in a vehicle with her mother when they were struck by a New London well-drilling company's truck, which had run a red light. While the crash itself was minor, it knocked loose a number of pipes from the back of the truck. One of them smashed through the back window of the girl's vehicle and struck her head. She suffered severe injuries including blindness and traumatic epilepsy.

The girl will need medical 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 on record in Outagamie County. $1 million will be paid by the driver of the truck and his company while the rest will come from the manufacturer of the pipe rack.