Commercial fisherman slips on deck, injures back, wins settlement

The plaintiff, a commercial fisherman for more than 40 years, was 61 at the time of the incident. Five years prior to the accident, the plaintiff injured his back on land, underwent a spinal fusion, and returned to fishing about three months after his surgery. For the next five years after his spinal fusion, the plaintiff worked on a scallop vessel as a deck hand. The plaintiff was picking up the pile of scallops that had been dumped on the deck. After he filled his basket with scallops, he lifted the basket and turned to his left to carry it to the shucking house. The plaintiff testified that he felt something under his foot, made another one to two steps on the deck, and then slipped and fell backwards, landing on his right side on a rock on the deck. >click to read< 14:26

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