Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.
Nationwide Firm
786-401-4706
Injury, Immigration and Business Attorneys
Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Success

Settlement reached in fatal 'duck boat' crash

When a loved one dies as a result of another person's negligence or carelessness, family members often find themselves frustrated, sad, angry and confused. Why did this happen? Could it have been prevented? How can I move forward after such a devastating loss? While it can take a long time for the emotional pain to begin to heal, family members in Florida can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible.

After a deadly accident two years ago, it was decided that the families of two students who died will receive a total of $15 million for the loss of their lives. Other injured parties will divide an additional $2 million amongst them.

The accident occurred when a tugboat towing a barge crashed in a "Ride the Ducks" tour boat that the victims were on. The driver of the tugboat later admitted that he was very much distracted before the crash. He had been using his cell phone and computer for a long period of time and failed to keep proper watch and awareness of other vessels. For these, and other, violations, the operator was sentenced to a year in prison.

The families of the victims filed a lawsuit against both the tugboat company and the tour boat company. At the time of the crash, not only was the tugboat operator distracted, but the tour boat was not functioning.

Initially, the wrongful death case was being held in front of a judge. On the second day of the trial, however, the judge declared that he would not be the one to determine a settlement. Instead, he said, the parties would have to work out the settlement themselves. It took a day to determine the compensation that would be owed to the victims of the accident.

No amount of money can bring back a loved one, but compensation for the loss can help to ease the financial damage that may have been done. In any situation that results in the tragic loss of a loved one, the party responsible for the accident should be held accountable.

Source: CNN, "Families of Philadelphia 'duck boat' victims get $15M settlement," Sarah Hoye, May 10, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook

We Literally Wrote The Book On Immigration Law

Our firm is a recognized leader in immigration law and litigation. We handle the spectrum from family and employment-based visas to deportation defense and immigration appeals. Founding partner Ira Kurzban authored the Immigration Law Sourcebook, widely used by immigration lawyers, judges and government officials as the authoritative field reference.

Aggressive Advocacy and Exceptional Civil Litigation Successes Call Our Firm at 786-401-4706 or Fill Out the Secure Form Below

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Miami Office
2650 SW 27th Avenue
2nd Floor
Miami, FL 33133

Phone: 786-401-4706
Fax: 305-444-3503
Miami Law Office Map

Jacksonville Office
10752 Deerwood Park Boulevard South
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Map & Directions

Jed Kurzban Of Counsel at Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, A Law Corporation
1003 Bishop Street
Suite 1600
Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-531-8031
http://www.hawaiilawyer.com

Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A.