Boating Accident

Boating accident at Lake Tahoe results in amputated leg. $23M.

Group of young adults rents a speed boat and tows inflatable behind the boat. Props sever leg. Includes issues of admiralty law.

  • Case Name: Palla v. L M Sports, Inc. et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 02, 2019

Ferry boat collides with runabout on the SF Bay. $3.7 million jury verdict. Northern District Court.

Tragedy on the San Francisco Bay when a ferry collides with a small powerboat, killing the boat operator and maiming the passenger.  Maritime law.

  • Case Name: Holzhauer v. Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 29, 2016

Jet ski crashes into boat that suddenly turns in front of it. $21.7 million product liability and negligence. Los Angeles County.

Drunk grandfather towing grandkids in raft suddenly turns in front of jet ski on Colorado River near Blythe.  Jet ski passenger suffers brain damage.  Jet ski manufacturer sued for product liability.

  • Case Name: Fabiola Esparza v. Polaris Industries Inc., Douglas Lane
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, July 22, 2013