RF man awarded over $300,000 in jury trialFollowing a two-and-a-half day trial, a jury awarded a rural River Falls man over $300,000 for injuries he suffered while operating a skid steer loader two years ago.
Following a two-and-a-half day trial, a jury awarded a rural River Falls man over $300,000 for injuries he suffered while operating a skid steer loader two years ago.
The case was filed by David Cudd, W10092 Hwy. 29, River Falls, against New Holland North America, CNH America LLC and Connecticut General Life Insurance Company.
Cudd was injured Feb. 15, 2010, while operating a New Holland skid steer loader designed and manufactured by CNH.
The jury found CNH was negligent in the design of the skid steer and that negligence caused injuries to Cudd. In another pair of questions, jurors determined that, when the machine left the control of CNH and reached the user, it was “in such a defective condition as to be unreasonably dangerous to a user” and that defective condition was a cause of injury to Cudd.
The jury found $317,984 would fairly compensate Cudd for his losses. The award was divided this way: $129,984 for past health care expenses; $30,000 for future health care expenses; $5,000 for past loss of earning capacity; $40,000 for future loss of earning capacity; $53,000 for past pain, suffering and disability; and $60,000 for future pain, suffering and disability.
The jury also awarded Cudd’s wife, Rebecca, $30,000 for past and future loss of consortium.