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Death leads woman to start lawsuit against her brother-in-law

A lawsuit that was recently started in Illinois pits a woman from Rockford against her own brother-in-law. The suit was started after that woman's son was killed over by Geneva, while working with a tractor.

Reports show that the man, who was 47 years old, was crushed by a tractor that rolled while he was using it. He was working out on Kautz Farm, which is found just off Route 38. The woman is now suing the man who owns that farm.

The tractor in question was a front-end loader, and the man -- who both lived and worked on that farm -- had taken it out to replace some drain tiles that had been damaged. This was about 100 yards from the new overpass that had just been built on Route 38. While he was using the tractor, it apparently rolled and pinned him, with the bulk of the vehicle on his chest.

Many of these types of machines have roll cages or other devices to protect operators if there is a rollover accident. This one apparently was not outfitted with such a device.

The woman is now saying that it is a wrongful death because the farm's owner did not give the man equipment that was safe to use and that he was also responsible for instructing him properly and telling him how to use it in a safe manner. The amount she is seeking in the case has not been released.

If you've lost a loved one in a tragic accident where a duty of care was owed to him or her, you may be able to seek compensation for your loss.

Source: Daily Herald, "Woman sues brother-in-law over son's tractor death near Geneva," Harry Hitzeman, July 06, 2015

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