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Polaris Design Defect

Our product liability trial lawyers obtained a jury verdict in Napa County Superior Court in the amount of $3.76 million on behalf of a 42-year-old woman who received serious and life-altering abdominal injuries when she fell from the rear of a Polaris model SLH-700 personal watercraft.

The injury, which occurred on Lake Berryessa, was the result of a high-pressure jet stream from the rear of the watercraft flowing into our client’s lower intestinal tract. She sustained damage to her bladder and sacral plexus, cosmetic scarring over her abdomen, and serious orifice injuries. Prior to trial, the maker of the personal watercraft had offered only $100,000 in settlement. The verdict is one of the largest in the history of Napa County.