Jane and John Doe were invited on a pleasure trip on the Pacific Ocean by the Defendant Owner on a weekend afternoon. While sailing the vessel, the Defendant Captain and Owner had not properly secured the rigging of the vessel, which became caught on adjacent vessel. As a result of the rigging getting caught, it ripped across the deck of the vessel catching the legs of John and Jane Doe who were dragged across the top of the vessel and injured.
Jane Doe suffered severe injuries to her back and John Doe suffered injuries to his lower extremity.
This case proceeded to trial under state court claims of negligence, as well as federal maritime and unseaworthiness claims. This case presented multiple complex issues of maritime law and state law.
The case settled prior to the commencement of trial. The result was a confidential settlement in excess of $500,000.