Hausman v. Holland America Line
$21,500,000 verdict for passenger against cruise line. – US District Court, Western Division, Seattle, Washington, October 30, 2015. Passenger was struck in head by fast moving glass door during cruise resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Investigation by Friedman | Rubin led to the discovery of dozens of similar injuries and corporate indifference to the danger posed to passengers. Even though the doors could be easily adjusted to avoid such incidents, the cruise line failed to take any action until this suit. The jury awarded $5 Million in compensatory damages and $16.5 Million in punitive damages. The case was tried by Rick Friedman, assisted by David Roosa of Friedman | Rubin and co-counsel Herb Farber of Bellevue, WA.
$1,175,818 for injury to motorcyclist – King County Superior Court, 2016. Motorcyclist severely injured by drunk driver with minimal insurance who was driving the wrong way on SR 99 and caused a head-on collision. The at-fault driver had been served alcohol at defendants’ bar prior to getting behind the wheel. Investigation revealed that the driver showed multiple signs of intoxication, which should have resulted in her being cut-off from service at the bar. Plaintiff’s injuries included loss of a leg above the knee and multiple fractures. Defendants settled for policy limits. FR’s co-counsel was Mike Myers, Seattle, WA.
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