AG Abbott paid $5M so far from injury settlement

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has received more than $5 million so far from a settlement over a felled tree in 1984 that left the Republican gubernatorial candidate paralyzed.

Abbott's campaign Friday released a copy of the settlement, which currently pays his family about $14,400 a month. Abbott has been in public office since 1993 but had not disclosed the financial details until now.

Abbott was a 26-year-old law student jogging in Houston when a tree fell on him. He lost use of both legs and now uses a wheelchair.

Spokesman Matt Hirsch said Abbott "wanted to end speculation and provide accurate details of his settlement."

The 55-year-old Abbott is considered the early favorite to replace Gov. Rick Perry in 2014.

The settlement was first obtained by The Texas Tribune.

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