Judge Finds Fisherman, Boatman Liable in Personal Injury Lawsuit

Judge finds fisherman, boatman liable in lawsuitA U.S. federal judge in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the U.S., has recently found a boat operator and fisherman equally liable in the fisherman's personal injury lawsuit.

Fisherman Pedro P. Pinaula claimed that Banga Bandhu Baidya ran over him with his boat while Pinaula was swimming and spear fishing in waters off Micro Beach, according to the Saipan Tribune. Though the boat did not make physical contact with Pinaula, it was alleged that the boat's propeller caught a rope that Pinaula was holding onto and severed his swimming fins. The incident is claimed to have caused emotional distress to Pinaula, as well as a wrist injury caused by the thrashing of the rope that prevented Pinaula from continuing his job as a fisherman.

A U.S. federal judge put an end to the litigation by ruling that Baidya and his employer were liable for $3,600 in damages, to be paid to Pinaula. Pinaula was found to be equally liable, as he did not properly indicate his presence in the water to boats, according to the news source.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common cause of a wrist injury is a sudden impact, which can cause sprains, strains and fractures.