An Alaska ferry workers has been awarded $16 million in damages for injuries sustained from operating a defective passenger loading-ramp. The city of Port of Bellingham, WA – which runs a ferry route to Alaska – has been ordered to cover the damages.
In reaching their verdict, the jury found the city negligent for their failure to fix a control panel responsible for operating the passenger gangway ramp.
In 2012, the victim fell almost 20 feet as she was adjusting the ramp via the control panel. She suffered two punctured lungs a lacerated liver and multiple fractures.
According to reports, the city knew of problems with the control panel for a number of years. In fact, a report was commissioned and written after a 2008 incident. Unfortunately, the recommendations in the report were ignored.
The $16 million award from the jury was broken down like this:
- $294,407 in lost income
- $4.2 million in projected lost future income
- $9 million for past and future pain and suffering
- $227,088 to cover medical bills
- $2.2 million to her husband for past and future consortium – the right of companionship with one’s spouse.
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While the city of Port of Bellingham is technically on the hook for paying the damages awarded by jury, in actuality the city’s insurance carrier will be providing the funds.
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