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Swimmer run over by motorboat. Arm severed, life-threatening injuries. Settlement Policy Limits $200,000, and house owned by driver of boat.

Mrs. C and her family were visiting relatives at their house on the Potomac River in Stafford County, Virginia.  Mrs. C and her 11-year-old niece were swimming while her son attempted to get up on water skis behind a motor boat. The driver of the motor boat got up to speed, her son got up on the skis, and then fell down. The driver looked behind him and turned the boat around to go back to pick up Mrs. C’s son. As he did so, the boat turned into the direction of Mrs. C and her niece. Mrs. C saw the boat coming straight for her niece and that no one on the boat was looking in their direction. She swam to her niece and put her body on top of her niece's to get her out of the way. As the boat ran over Mrs. C, the propeller repeatedly cut into her left side every 3 ½ inches from knee to shoulder, completely severing her arm and causing other severe life-threatening injuries. Her niece was not injured.

Other members of her family could not get Mrs. C into the boat. She was in the water for several minutes until medical care reached her. She was taken by ambulance to a waiting helicopter. She remained in Fairfax Hospital in a medically-induced coma for 23 days as she recovered from her life-threatening injuries.

The owner of the boat had $200,000 in liability insurance coverage. Mrs. C accepted the insurance policy limits and the deed to the owner’s house in settlement of her case.

Awarded: Settlement $200,000 and house


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