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An Albion man left partially paralyzed when about 300 pounds of sewer pipe slammed into him as he was loading it onto a truck has agreed to a $3 million settlement from insurance carriers for an equipment manufacturer, his lawyers said Friday.

David Pahuta, now 30, agreed to the settlement after four days of testimony at his second product liability trial, according to James E. Brown and Donald P. Chiari.

Pahuta, who is paralyzed from the waist down and hasn't worked since sewer pipe rolled back on the forklift-equipped Massey Ferguson tractor-loader he was operating April 20, 1990, should ge the full cash settlement in about 20 days, according to Brown and Chiari.

The career-ending accident took place at the Keeler Construction Co.'s plant in Albion, his lawyers said. Through a jury before Magistrate Judge Carole E. Heckman in May 1997 had awarded Pahuta $2.25 million for the workplace accident,, a federal appeals court ordered a retrial because of unresolved liability issues, court officials said.

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