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Woman hurt by weight machine awarded $66M jury verdict

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A New York woman who was paralyzed when a 600-pound weight machine fell on her in 2004 has been awarded a $66 million jury verdict.

The award in 30-year-old Natalie Barnhard’s favor late Tuesday followed an eight-week product liability trial in state Supreme Court in Buffalo.

It makes exercise equipment maker Cybex International of Medway, Mass., responsible for most of the award.

Cybex managers call the verdict disappointing and say it isn’t supported by the fact or law. An appeal is likely.

Barnhard’s lawyer, Kevin English, calls it fair and just. Barnhard was paralyzed from the neck down and is gradually regaining some use of her limbs.

The accident happened at Amherst Orthopedic Physical Therapy, where Barnhard was a physical therapy assistant. The business could be liable for part of the award.

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  1. And I’ll bet that woman is black too!