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Two Injured Cowboys Workers Settle with Jerry Jones

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Two Injured Cowboys Workers Settle with Jerry Jones

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Jerry Jones will have to pay up for his companies' part in the collapse of the practice facility that left two employees severely injured two years ago.
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The attorney for two Dallas Cowboys employees seriously injured in the 2009 collapse of the team's practice facility said each has received about $5 million from companies controlled by team owner Jerry Jones as legal settlements.

Attorney Frank Branson told The Associated Press on Monday that lawsuits filed by scout Rich Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillas were settled Friday.

Branson said that while the majority of the liability rests on the manufacturer who claimed it repaired the building to meet applicable codes, Jones' businesses also played a part by failing to independently inspect the repairs.

"No party accepts responsibility," he said. "It's a compromise of claims against the party; both the manufacturer and the Jones' family entities."

Behm was paralyzed from the waist down, and DeCamillas suffered a broken vertebrae when the steel and fabric building collapsed in a wind storm on May 2, 2009.

The two previously settled with the builder, Summit Structures of Allentown, Pa. Branson said Behm received $19.5 million and DeCamillas was paid $4.5 million.

"Under the circumstances, I think these men and their families are doing as well as you could hope," Branson said.

Despite the lawsuits, his clients continue to have a good working relationship with the Cowboys and intend to move forward with the organization, Branson said.

 

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said Monday that the team had no comment.

NBCDFW's Lindsay Wilcox and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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