Woman Struck by Boat Propeller Loses Arm and Breasts

Woman Struck by Boat Propeller Loses Arm and Breasts

Charlotte NC Boat Accident Lawyer

A 25 year old Charlotte woman was in a boating accident last summer and lost her breasts and an arm. She was seriously injured when a boat propeller struck her during the popular Lake Bash event on Lake Norman.

The 25-year-old claims that while she was in the water the boat’s propeller hit her twice and contends that, the man who was the boat’s operator, never drove a boat prior to that day and he lacked the skill to safely navigate the boat in a crowded, public area. She says that the propeller hit her as the boat operator was trying to tie it to another boat and he had not turned off the engine.

Both the woman and the boat operator had come with a group of friends to the Lake Bash event. According to her, people shouted at him to turn off the engine but he “panicked,” putting the boat into reverse and causing the propeller to hit her. He then placed the boat’s gear in forward and that was when the propeller to hit her a second time.

The victim is also suing the person that the boat operator rented the boat from contending that he should be enforcing safety procedures to his renters. Along with the company that designed, made, and marketed the vessel; accusing the boat manufacturer of continuing to sell the boat even though its design isn’t safe. Scott says that designing the boat so that seven people end up seated behind the boat operator can obstruct the operator’s visibility. Also, she claims that the ladder and platform are located just a few feet from the propeller and the vessel came with inadequate warning signs about possible dangers.

The victim’s injuries were so severe that she had to have her breasts and an arm amputated. She also suffered a severed sternum, lacerations on her legs, and punctured a lung. The accident has left her with serious psychological and emotional problems, medical expenses, permanent injury, scarring, limb loss, lost wages, and other damages.

Boat operators and boating companies must exercise caution so that they don’t end up running over swimmers or striking them with their propellers. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and serious injuries can happen that may prove fatal.

Contact the Boating Accident Law Firm of Bice Law

If you have been injured while on the water or working in a capacity covered by Maritime Law, the personal injury firm of Bice Law will examine your case to determine the type and amount of damages that your injury warrants, including payment for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and any permanent disability.  We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly.  Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a boating accident attorney.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

Posted by Bice Law LLC. March 15, 2012


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