Father and son hit by boat propeller settle brain injury lawsuit for $12 million

A father and son who were seriously injured when a boat backed over them while they were scuba diving have settled their lawsuit against the scuba diving center for $12 million.

Jared Adkins and his son settled the lawsuit against the Florida Keys Dive Center in Tavernier, after the dive center initially argued that it should be protected by liability release forms that Adkins had signed.

Adkins and his son, then 11 years old, went on a scuba diving trip organized by the dive center in August 2011. The lawsuit alleged that Captain John Brady was at the helm of the Big Dipper, a 46-foot vessel, when it backed over Adkins and his son, striking them with its propellers. Because of the way the boat was designed, Brady could not see the area of the diving platform from the helm, the lawsuit alleged.

Both Jared Adkins and his son suffered severe head injuries. Adkins’ son underwent a cranioplasty to repair his skull, and Adkins suffered a skull fracture and brain damage. The father and son filed a negligence complaint in federal court in April 2014.

The settlement provides $11 million to Adkins’ son and $1 million to Adkins. Before the settlement is final, it must be reviewed by a guardian ad litem appointed by the court to protect Calvin’s interests.

Final pill mill suspect arrested

The final suspect accused of crimes related to a now defunct pain clinic has been arrested by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Presmil Masson Jr. was arrested June 1 on six counts of manslaughter and two counts of racketeering. Pam Bondi, the Attorney General of Florida, had announced previously that eight people had been charged in relation to the alleged pill mill operation that operated throughout Florida, including at the Real Care Medical Group office in Plantation.

Bondi said Dr. Lynn Averill and seven others sold oxycodone to drug dealers and addicts. All of the suspects, with the exception of Masson, were arrested on May 27 at locations throughout Florida, New Jersey and Illinois. According to the charges, the drugs were sold to patients for between $1 and $5 per pill.

Averill and Masson, if convicted of manslaughter and racketeering, face up to 180 years in prison. The other defendants, if convicted, face maximum penalties ranging from 60 to 180 years in prison.

When drugs are improperly prescribed or distributed, whether through an illegal pill mill operation or through other means, and such action causes injury or death, then the victim or the victim’s family may be able to file a lawsuit for pharmaceutical negligence to obtain compensation for their loss. Contact Joyce & Reyes for more information.