Gas blast trial ends with settlement offer

By NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – A defense offer to settle a wrongful death lawsuit was accepted Monday in U.S. District Court.
Casey Lott of Booneville, attorney for the children of Geraldine Mullins, said the offer came while the jury considered its decision in a two-week-old trial.
Mullins’ four daughters sued Pacer-Pittman Propane LLC of Corinth after Mullins’ death from internal injuries sustained after a gas leak fueled an explosion at her Kossuth trailer home on Dec. 7, 2010.
They claimed the company was negligent in creating circumstances leading up to the explosion.
Pacer-Pittman insisted Mullins’ boyfriend was at fault for improperly bleeding a gas line as he tried to install a heater.
The settlement is confidential, so the public will not know how much Pacer-Pittman paid Mullins’ family to end the legal action.
While the family never asked for a specific amount of damages, Lott told the jury Mullins’ medical bills topped $745,000.