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Man Thrown from Boat Recovers Little for Injuries

The Daily Business Review reports today that in the case of Trivision v. Chabrier, a jury awarded only $403 to a passenger who was thrown from a boat. In 2005, Richard Trivision, 45 years old at the time of the accident, allowed his friend Linda Chabrier, to operate his boat. Trivision claimed Chabrier was not paying proper attention, failed to avoid a large wake and that Chabrier should not have got behind the helm if she could not properly operate the vessel. Trivision claimed a herniated cervical disc, a lumbar disc protrusion and a torn labrum in each shoulder resulting from the accident.

The defense claimed the wake came out of nowhere and could not be avoided. Chabrier also claimed Trivision was negligent for allowing her to operate his boat, since he had more experience that her. The defense also argued that Trivision's injuries were caused by his age and excessive weight and also pointed out gaps in his medical treatment. Trivision was found 10% liable for the accident, reducing the jury award.

I do not have a full copy of this decision, which was handed down in Palm Beach Circuit Court, case number 502007CA011788. You can obtain a copy of the decision from the Clerk of Court. If you are interested in contacting me, please feel free to reach me at miamipandi@comcast.net or motero@houckanderson.com.

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