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Michigan Boat Accident Lawyer Wins Boating Injury Lawsuit For $290,000

Our Michigan boat accident lawyers  recently settled a case pre-suit against the driver of a boat which crashed into a break wall. The claim was handled on behalf of the son who was injured in the boat crash which occurred in Manistee County. The boat operator’s insurance company agreed to pay a $290,000.00 settlement.  

The incident occurred on August 25, 2012.   The claim was settled less than one year after the date of the incident.  The father of our client was operating a 27 foot Baha Fishing Boat at the time of the crash.  There were six men on the boat at the time of the accident.  Our client’s father began motoring out of the Manistee Harbor when he mistakenly thought he was motoring out of the Ludington Harbor. Due to his confusion, the boat crashed into a secondary break wall in the Manistee Harbor.  The United States Coast Guard and the Manistee Sheriff Department investigated the incident and determined the crash occurred as a result of boat operator error.  No alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.

Boaters have legal duties to follow boating safety rules, just as drivers do on our roads and highways. According to a recent report from the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2012 there were 4,515 reported boat accidents.  Out of these crashes, there were 651 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property. 

Our client was transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment for his boat accident injuries.  He was diagnosed with six fractured ribs on the left side, a lacerated spleen, a punctured left lung and was hospitalized for 21 days. He was required to take pain medications following release from the hospital.  He suffers from chronic pain and had undergone several nerve ablation procedures and six steroid injections. 

If you or someone you know has been involved in a Michigan boating accident, contact our experienced boat accident injury lawyers as soon as possible to arrange your free consultation at our law offices, or at your home or hospital room.  We will represent you under our NO FEE PROMISE, which means there are no legal fees whatsoever unless we get compensation for you. Call today at (800) 606-1717.

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