Cowboys, NFL reach settlement with worker injured by falling ice

Cowboys, NFL reach settlement with worker injured by falling ice

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Workers clear ice and snow from atop Cowboys Stadium on February 5, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. At least six people were injured on February 4 when large sheets of ice fell some 200 feet from the dome of the stadium. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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by TANYA EISERER

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WFAA

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 3:31 PM

UPDATE 3/18 3:30 p.m.: The jury found the architectual firm, HKS, is not liable for damages.


DALLAS -- The Dallas Cowboys, the NFL, and several other parties have settled for a confidential amount in the case of a former Super Bowl halftime worker who was hit by falling ice in 2011, even as a jury deliberates whether the architectural firm should be held accountable.

The Dallas C‎ounty jury began deliberating Monday and will decide whether the firm, HKS, should be held liable. All of the other parties settled March 7.

Attorneys for Severin Sampson have asked the jury to award him $7.2 million. Sampson and his doctors have testified that he suffered a traumatic brain injury and still has a "violent" ringing in his head that requires him to wear a special device.

Sampson, 48, was hit by falling ice at the Dallas Cowboys stadium two days before the Super Bowl in February 2011. Other people were also injured by the falling ice and snow when warming temperatures melted the accumulation on the roof.‎

Attorneys for the other side had argued that what happened to Sampson was merely an accident, and that there was no way it could have been foreseen. They’ve also argued that his injuries and problems are not as lasting and severe as billed.

‎HKS officials testified during the trial that they didn't consider the potential problem of falling ice when they designed the stadium. They also testified that building codes did not require them to do so.

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