$2.55 Million Settlement for Teenager Injured By Jet Skier

Jet-skier collides with teen towed in inner tube; Victim paralyzed, speech is limited - $2.55 million settlement

Published: April 13th, 2009

The plaintiff was 18 years old when he was being towed in a tube behind a boat and was struck in the head by a personal watercraft. The plaintiff suffered severe brain injury, and although he has made remarkable progress since the accident, he is a paraplegic and has limited ability to speak.

The plaintiff sued the owner and operator of the boat and the operator of the jet-ski. The boat owner was insured by a boat owner's policy of $300,000. The operator, who was the daughter of the owner, was also an insured under her father's $1 million homeowner's policy and under her mother's $500,000 homeowner's policy.

The homeowner's insurer for the mother brought a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that its coverage did not apply because of an exclusion. The parties compromised this claim for $250,000.

The operator of the jet-ski was insured under a commercial general liability policy for $1 million.

Type of action: Negligence & tort

Injuries alleged: Traumatic brain injury, depressed skull fracture, multiple facial fractures, paraplegia

Name of case: Withheld

Court/case no.: Withheld

Tried before judge or jury: N/A (settled)

Amount of settlement: $2.55 million

Date: Dec. 1, 2008

Attorneys: Ralph F. Sbrogna and Roger J. Brunelle, Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, Worcester (for the plaintiff)

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