The plaintiff had recently purchased a 27-foot powerboat. The boat was equipped with a pump to dissipate gas vapor which built up in the hold.


The plaintiff forgot to activate the pump prior to starting the ignition. There was an explosion followed by a fire. The plaintiff has third-degree burns over 30% of his body. A simple alarm device was available to detect the presence of dangerous gasoline fumes. Had this been provided by the manufacturer of the boat this accident could have been prevented.[55]

About the Author: James Swartz
Mr. Swartz, our Managing and Principal Attorney at Swartz & Swartz P.C., is a nationally recognized and respected trial attorney as well as consumer advocate. His practice focuses on cases involving negligence, torts, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other claims involving catastrophic injuries.

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