Jane Doe was a guest and a member of the crew on a rented boat that was on navigable waters for a weekend trip with friends. The boat was purchased from Defendant Manufacturer and rented in the same condition as it was purchased from the manufacturer. While descending from the upper deck of the vessel, Plaintiff’s upper extremity became partially trapped in the structure of the boat causing it to be severely lacerated and requiring her to have multiple surgeries. Although the surgeries were successful, plaintiff was left with permanent chronic pain.
This case proceeded to trial under state court claims of negligence, product liability claims as well as federal maritime claims. This case presented multiple complex issues of maritime law and state law.
The case settled during the commencement of trial. The result was a confidential settlement in excess of $3,000,000.