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Florida Man Receives $3.86 Million in Hot Air Balloon Lawsuit

Posted on November 9th, 2012 No Comments

When someone is injured due to another person’s recklessness, the results can be catastrophic. The severity of these situations was seen in 2009 when a Florida man sustained serious injuries as a result of a hot air balloon accident.

The Port Charlotte man was in New Mexico when the accident took place. He was riding in the gondola of a hot air balloon when the balloon collided with a tent on the property, causing him to tumble out of the balloon. As a result, the 72-year-old man suffered a broken back, shattered pelvis, shattered heel, and a broken hip socket. All of these injuries caused him to undergo numerous surgeries.

The man filed a lawsuit against the pilot, as well as the hot air balloon organization that was responsible for the balloon itself. The suit alleged that the pilot was acting recklessly at the time of the accident, and therefore was directly responsible for the man’s injuries. The man signed a waver of acknowledgement before taking the hot air balloon ride, which stated that the pilot would not be held responsible for negligence. The plaintiff would have to prove that the pilot acted recklessly during the trip in order to win the lawsuit.

According to the suit, the balloon was supposed to stay 75 feet above the ground at all times. When the balloon crashed, it was hovering at 15 feet in the air. The pilot stated that she accepted responsibility for the accident, and mentioned that she forgot about the height requirement. The jury determined that the pilot was 60 percent responsible, the organization was 30 percent responsible, and the hot air balloon victim was 10 percent responsible in the crash. The man was awarded $3.86 million in damages.

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