Jury Awarded Plaintiff Over $2 Million for Injuries in a Boating Accident

A Jefferson Parish jury awarded a widow $2,860,000.00 for the death of her husband following a double-fatality boat crash. The decedent was a passenger in a $1,000,000.00 high-performance MTI racing catamaran owned and operated by his friend on the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Just prior to the crash, Garmin data proved the boat had been traveling over 120 miles per hour when the boat struck a wake caused by a nearby yacht, causing the MTI Cat to lose control and flip over killing both occupants. All parties contested liability and who was operating the vessel at trial.

The case involved the two widows of close friends suing each other’s husband’s estates (a factor not lost on the jury in voir dire or deliberations). No settlement offer was ever made by the defendants.

The jury assessed fault solely against the owner, and the jury awarded $1,500,000.00 in pecuniary losses, $680,000.00 for loss of consortium, and $680,000.00 for mental anguish to our client as a result of her husband’s death. The judgment totals $2.86MM, before post judgment interest. This was the second multi-million-dollar jury verdict for counsel for plaintiff in under one week.

Blake R. David of Broussard, David & Moroux represented the plaintiff.

The attorneys at Broussard, David, & Moroux have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle cases of this nature and will fight to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered harm because of the fault of another, contact the attorneys at Broussard, David & Moroux to discuss your legal rights at (337) 233-2323 (local) or (888) 337-2323 (toll-free).

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