Berks County Man Paralyzed by Cow Settles Glasbern Inn Personal Injury Lawsuit
The Glasbern Inn was described in the Glasbern Inn personal injury lawsuit as a picturesque escape. One of the nicest bed & breakfast’s in Pennsylvania, the Glasbern Inn and restaurant is situated on a historic, working farm. The Glasbern Inn, located at 2141 Packhouse Road in Weisenberg Township near Gofelsville and Allentown, features farm-to-table dining and has its own on-site farm. The Glasbern Inn sits on 130 acres of land.
In 2009 Albert Granger, the owner of the bed-and-breakfast, bought a herd of Devon cows for the farm. Reports state that Granger was warned against purchasing the animals. His insurance company, Zenith Insurance, was never informed of this purchase. A year later, Jason Angstadt was 33-years old. He worked at the Glasbern Inn as a farm hand and regularly interacted with the animals. In June of 2010 Angstadt was severely injured when a 1,200 pound cow that had just given birth suddenly charged into him. Angstadt’s spinal cord was severed during the accident and he was paralyzed. Today he is unable to use both of his legs.
Angstadt and his wife, Janine, both residents of Rockland Township, demanded payment for injuries, medical and attorney fees and punitive damages. Angstadt filed the Glasbern Inn personal injury lawsuit against Glasbern Inn and Albert Granger. Glabern Inn was insured by Zenith Insurance. According to Glabern Inn personal injury lawsuit documents, Zenith insurance filed a lawsuit against Glasbern, Inc. in response to Angstadt’s lawsuit. Zenith insurance stated that their company would not have provided coverage to Glasbern if they knew the Glabern Inn’s employees interacted with farm animals on an adjoining property. The insurer claimed bad faith on Glasbern’s part saying they were never told that there were animals on the property. Zenith’s own Glabern Inn personal injury lawsuit suit was filed for negligent misrepresentation of the farm on a workers’ compensation policy. Zenith Insurance was eventually awarded over $1 million in August 2013 under the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Act. They additionally won $582, 745 in court and legal feed from Glasbern and its owner Albert Granger.
Glasbern Inn stated that they are grateful to their customers for their support. In response to the settlement of the Glasbern Inn personal injury lawsuit, the Glasbern Inn stated that “unfortunately more was paid in legal fees than the injured former employee received in the settlement.”
Jason Angstadt is not letting the hurdles he experienced over the past few years get him down. Now that settlement has been reached in the Glasbern Inn personal injury lawsuit, he can put the trying litigation behind him. Before the accident, Angstadt was married at a hunting club. Fishing, archery and farming were his passions in life. After the accident, Angstadt was told to forget about his ambitions in farming and focus on his degree in architecture. Working indoors would prove easier than working outdoors on a cattle farm as a paraplegic. Angstadt decided that working indoors was not an option for him.
“I just think I’ve always been the type of person,” he says, “that when something was a challenge, I just never quit.” Jason Angstadt
It’s been only four years since a cow charged at him and rendered him a paraplegic, but you could not tell from talking to him. Angstadt now has two all-terrain wheelchairs that enable him to continue hunting and farming. Today Jason Angstadt has become a mentor to other paraplegics and is working to make Pennsylvania Game Lands wheelchair—accessible.
“The stuff that I’m doing,” he says, “isn’t just for me. I can share that with somebody else and that gives them inspiration.”
His motivation not only inspires others with disabilities, it carries over to able-bodied people who recognize his tenacity. Now that settlement has been reached in Angstadt’s Glasbern Inn personal injury lawsuit, he is ready to put that part of his life behind him.
“I don’t measure my life on what I have,” Angstadt says. “I measure it on what I accomplish. I’m going to do the same things I did — I’m just going to figure out how I’m going to do it.” Jason Angstadt