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Missoula jury awards man nearly $4M for injuries

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jan 16 2014 05:24:12 PM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

A Montana jury has awarded nearly $4 million to a man and his wife over injuries he received in 2008 while unloading logs at a pulp mill.

Allen Ginn alleged in his lawsuit that a log sprung loose and struck him at the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. mill.

Plaintiffs' attorney Zander Blewett says the accident caused Ginn a brain injury and fractured his back and pelvis.

District Judge John Larson of Missoula ruled in 2012 that Smurfit-Stone was liable for Ginn's injuries.

A trial was held this week in Missoula on damages. Jurors Wednesday awarded $3.97 million to Ginn and his wife Laurie.

Smurfit-Stone was acquired in 2011 by Georgia-based RockTenn.

RockTenn spokeswoman Robin Keegan says the company is disappointed in the outcome and will explore its defense options.