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Lawsuit Filed in Ferry Grounding Incident

Martin & Jones attorneys Forest Horne and Hunt Willis along with attorneys Don Evans and Seth Buskirk of the Wilmington law firm Clark, Newton & Evans, PA have filed a lawsuit against Bald Head Island for injuries suffered to their client Mary Springmeier in the December 17, 2013 ferry grounding. The lawsuit was filed March 1, 2016.

Ms. Springmeier suffered a traumatic brain injury and damage to her vision, as well as other injuries. She is a resident of Southport and was riding the ferry to Bald Head Island the morning the grounding occurred. The lawsuit alleges that Bald Head Island Transportation violated passenger safety rules in both the training and supervision of employees as well as the operation of its ferries.

Initially, Bald Head Island entities filed a lawsuit against the injured passenger victims in an effort to limit their responsibility. A federal judge issued an order allowing the injured ferry passengers to file claims for both compensatory and punitive damages.

Read the article in the Wilmington Star News.

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“We would like to express our gratitude to you (Hunt Willis) for accepting our case. First of all, when I called this law firm, a very sweet and kind lady answered the telephone and gave me assurance by asking and going over the accident with me, while my husband was in the hospital. I felt assured I was doing the right thing for us. She was so helpful in so many ways. What a professional lady. Secondly, we are much pleased that you have settled this case with the insurance company to receive the proper amount to assist us in so many ways. My husband and I are very happy with you and the firm in handling our case. You made us have confidence in your professional and integrity along with your assistant Ms. Routh, when you both came to see us in our home, in which we saw your compassion and thoughtfulness at that time. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we thank the lord for directing me to contact this firm. I’m glad I did.” 

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