Brownstein v. Seacrest
Boating Accident Recovery $1+ million
Richard Brownstein, a young lawyer, was riding his new Wet Bike (a motorcycle
for water) for the first time at Castaic Lake. After he was able to teach
himself how to stay on the Wet Bike, he unintentionally veered in front
of an oncoming speedboat and was run over. The boat's unguarded propeller
cut into Mr. Brownstein's head, causing him to be rendered a hemiplegic.
Biren Law Group developed evidence establishing comparative fault of multiple
defendants. We argued that the boat's owner was driving negligently,
trying to get dangerously close to the Wet Bike in order to see what it
was. We also argued that the boat was dangerously designed because it
did not include a propeller guard. In addition, we argued that the Wet
Bike was defectively unstable, making riding it difficult for novices.
Lastly, we argued that the State was negligent for failing to segregate
boats from Jet Skis and Wet Bikes.
The case settled before trial with some of the defendants for an aggregate
amount in excess of $1 million, despite very difficult liability.
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