A US District Judge has ruled that Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) cannot be held liable for injuries sustained by a Florida woman who fell off the back of a Sea-Doo personal watercraft in 2007.
Christina Thomas, of Naples, had originally been awarded $1.75 million but District Judge John Steele rejected the verdict because jurors had not correctly followed instructions, according to a report published in the Marco Eagle newspaper. It notes that the jury found the Sea-Doo's driver and owner were equally negligent, even though they were not named as defendants in the case.
The woman, who suffered internal injuries when water from the Sea-Doo's jet thrust shot inside her after she fell off the back of it, was determined to have not been wearing appropriate protective clothing as prescribed on a warning label affixed to the two-seat watercraft. The jury determined that Thomas, driver James Del Sordo and owner George Smith were negligent because they did not read or heed a warning label calling for riders to wear proper attire in order to avoid injury.
The jury further found that BRP was not negligently designed the 2006 Sea-Doo RXT involved in the incident, making it unreasonably dangerous to users.
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