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ARTICLE ID 193071

$________ CONFIDENTIAL Negligence – Negligent operation of boat – Boat operator strikes plaintiff with propeller – Multiple fractures – Skin grafts required.

Withheld County, MA

In this negligence matter, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant boat operator was negligent in the operation of the boat and struck the plaintiff with its propeller. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff sustained massive injuries including multiple fractures and required surgical procedures including skin grafting. The defendant disputed liability and the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages.

The 18-year-old male plaintiff was with friends on a boat. The group was wakeboarding in a lake. While the plaintiff was in the water, he was waiting to be picked up by the defendant and the defendant maneuvered the boat in such a manner as to cause the propeller of the boat to strike the plaintiff. The plaintiff sustained a large blood loss due to the propeller striking him as well as multiple fractures and loss of skin and tissue from his buttocks and lower back. The plaintiff went into hemorrhagic shock as a result of the incident. He underwent a series of surgical procedures including multiple skin grafts as a result of the defendant’s negligence.

The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant boat operator alleging negligence in the operation of the boat and failure to exercise due care in maneuvering the boat to pick up the plaintiff after his fall from the wakeboard. The defendant denied liability and disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages. The defendant argued that the plaintiff’s own negligence contributed to his injuries and damages.

The parties agreed to resolve the plaintiff’s claim for the sum of $________ in a confidential settlement between the parties.

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