In the wake of an incident that left a fisherman with severe injuries, our firm was able to help him recover a $925,000 settlement. Prior to suffering the injuries, the man was working on a boat owned and operated by the Dona Martita Fishing Co. LLC, which is based out of Massachusetts.
The incident that led to the fisherman’s injuries began with the ship’s captain ordering him to go underneath the fish hose reel and feed out the hose, which was on the reel and had not been rolled out yet.
Based on what the captain told him as well as instructions from the mate, the fisherman sat on the base of the fish hose reel with his body forward and hands over his head to help feed out the hose. When the hydraulics started and the reel jolted into action, the man’s upper body was forced onto his quadriceps by a very heavy blow across his shoulder.
After his body was forced into that position, the fisherman’s ribs and sternum were cracked, which he could hear, as he was being compacted, twisted and rotated into the hose reel. Once it was discovered what had happened to the fisherman, the hose reel was stopped, and he was freed.
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