RingsmuthWuori PLLC continues to represent people who have been injured due to the negligent operation of boats or other motor crafts and snowmobiles. Liability can be imposed upon the owner and operator of these vehicles similar to legal claims brought against the driver and a owner of a motor vehicle who causes a crash. There are statutory laws that exist that help establish the rules and regulations regarding the ownership and operation of boats and snowmobiles.
In some circumstances, there are other claims that can be brought, such as product liability claims.
The front hood of a Polaris jet ski flew off striking our client in the face, and causing fractures and a mild brain injury. Our client gamely tried to return to his normal life – operating a small trucking business – while undergoing extensive surgery and rehabilitation. Although he earned as much as before, his costs increased because his brain injury left him less able and in need of help. We researched the product history with public agencies, and discovered there had been a recall for a defective component of the hood latch. After a $350,000 offer was rejected, the case proceeded to trial in Kalkaska County, and we obtained the largest recorded personal injury verdict in the region. The presentation of demonstrative medical exhibits – and a careful explanation of future wage earning loss – proved important.
* These boating and snowmobile injury cases are chosen from many more, to illustrate some of the variety of the issues we have dealt with.
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