Client Stories: Products Liability in a Boating Accident

By Michael GrossmanJune 20, 2014Reading Time: 2 minutes

Not all accidents are like the ones you see on the news. As a matter of fact, it's often the case that an accident will seem to have been caused by one thing, and turn out to have been caused by something completely different. This is one of those cases.

A few years ago, we were approached by a group of friends who had been involved in a boating accident. They explained to us that the accident happened so fast they didn't know how it had happened. They just knew that something wasn't right.

We took on their case, and took possession of the boat involved. Through our investigation, we discovered that the boat's throttle had been improperly designed. This design flaw caused the throttle to stick in the "full open" position, which caused the boat to accelerate out of control while in the middle of a turn. The boat crashed and many of the victims were thrown overboard.

Boats obviously aren't designed to do this, so we contacted the boat's manufacturer. Of course, the manufacturer denied any liability in the matter, so we brought in an engineer who was able to inspect the boat and write a report stating that, according to his findings, the design flaw in the throttle was the cause of the accident. It wasn't until we presented these findings to the manufacturer that they admitted fault and we were able to settle the case.

It would have been really easy to look at a group of friends partying out on the lake before getting into an accident and saying that they had probably caused the crash themselves. But we listened to their story and helped them in any way that we could. Fortunately, we were able to quickly identify the problem and get our clients the compensation they needed to have their medical needs seen to.