March 2014: Steve offered testimony in a binding arbitration hearing before a retired judge. In 2010, a passenger aboard a pleasure vessel sustained a serious back injury when she, another passenger and the vessel’s operator were launched from their positions within a fast-moving vessel. The three were launched when the vessel’s operator improperly steered the vessel toward a large swell to engage it bow on. The judge found that the vessel operator failed to abide of the ordinary practice of seamen when he applied an unsafe vessel maneuvering technique to transit the swell and when he failed to appropriately prepare for the cruise. The seriously injured passenger was awarded $950,000.
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