Personal Injury Lawyer Wins $3.7M Settlement for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim after Fall from a Boat Ladder
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on July 24th, 2020
A $3.7 million settlement was reached by a personal injury lawyer on behalf of a 48-year-old New Jersey woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury when she fell from a boat ladder at a marina in 2014.
The victim, Jennifer Brashears, was aboard a boat as it was being lifted out of the Hudson River on a hoist at Edgewater Marina in Edgewater, N.J., on July 22, 2014, and she fell as she tried to climb down a ladder from the boat, according to a story by NJ.com. Brashears “fell after placing one of her feet on the top step of the ladder,” and then she “somersaulted down and hit her head on the pavement,” the story reported.
After the 10-foot fall, Brashears, 48, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she underwent emergency surgery to remove a portion of her skull and damaged brain tissue, according to the report. She later underwent five additional surgeries to treat bleeding on her brain.
Brashears fell from off the 54-foot-long recreational boat as it was being removed from the river for repairs using a Marine Travelift hoist, the report states. The boat was owned by Dean Borghi, who climbed down the boat ladder to safety just before Brashears fell to the pavement.
The negligence lawsuit filed on behalf of Brashears stated that “safety warnings on the crane and marina policies state no one should be on board while the boat is being hoisted,” the story reported. Borghi had just maneuvered the boat from its slip to a service area where it was to be lifted from the water and repaired.
Since her injury six years ago, Brashears has not been able to go back to work, according to her attorneys. A special needs trust was created by the victim’s mother to provide care for Brashear, whose cognitive and physical abilities are permanently limited, according to the story.
The Travelift used to remove the boat from the Hudson River is owned by the Edgewater Marina and Edgewater Borough, where the incident occurred. The borough paid $3 million of the settlement, while Borghi paid the remaining $700,000, the story reported.
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