O’Brien County Jury Awards $1.19-Million

An Alton man has been awarded over one million dollars by an O’Brien County Jury in a lawsuit filed against the owner of a hog confinement barn.

Thomas Mook sued Patrick Probst, the owner of the barn, after he was overcome by toxic gases while working in the barn in October of 2014. The lawsuit claimed Probst had pumped manure from a pit under the barn, which released hydrogen sulfide gas… and failed to ventilate the building. The next day Mook was working in the facility when he was overcome by the gases, resulting in two strokes which caused brain damage.

The O’Brien County trial lasted 13 days. The jury spent more than three hours deliberating this week before awarding Mook one-point-19 million dollars.