Caterpillar Must Pay $54 Million to Paralyzed Texas Worker

A Texas jury returned a $54.2 million verdict against Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of bulldozers, in a lawsuit filed by an injured worker. The Plaintiff, Alfonso Lopez, contended that electronic-control defects caused the machines to unexpectedly bounce. The scraper’s bucking caused its seat to fail. The Plaintiff was slammed against the scrapper’s frame. He suffered spinal injuries and a punctured lung in the accident and is now paralyzed from the waist down. Caterpillar was ordered by the jury to pay $15.8 million in compensatory damages and $40.5 million punitive damages. Caterpillar says it will appeal the verdict.

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