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$________ COMBINED Admiralty law - Negligent operation of jet ski -Plaintiffs struck by jet ski - Brain damage - Fractured jaw - Facial laceration -Dental injuries - Damages only.

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

The plaintiff claimed that the operator of one of the defendant’s jet skis lost control of his craft and struck the jet skis operated by the male and female plaintiffs. The court entered summary judgment against the defendant tour company which owned the jet skis. Accordingly, the case was tried on the issue of damages only.

The plaintiffs were on a vacation in Key West and rented jet skis from the defendant. The plaintiffs were in the water waiting for instructions from the defendant’s employee, when the operator of another jet ski (also rented from the defendant) lost control and struck the plaintiffs crafts.

The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant’s tour guide/jet ski instructor was not appropriately certified to conduct the jet ski’ tours. The individual tour guide was also named as a defendant in the case.

The female plaintiff claimed a fractured jaw, facial scaring and loss of a tooth stemming from the accident. The male plaintiff claimed head trauma, a brain injury, laceration to his chin with permanent scarring and a dental injury.

The defendants denied that the male plaintiff sustained a brain injury as a result of the accident. The defense contended that the plaintiffs’ injuries were minor and had resolved.

The case was tried as a bench trial with an award of $________ to the female plaintiff and $________ to the male plaintiff, for a total combined damage award of $________.

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