Minnesota Boy in Critical Condition after being Struck by Pontoon
Minnesota is known for its 10,000 lakes, which means there are a lot of boaters on the waters. The number of boaters increases the chance that a boating accident will occur somewhere and someone will be severely injured.
On August 13th, an 8-year-old boy from Willmar, Minnesota was listed in critical condition at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. He was the victim of a boating accident on Big Kandiyohi Lake and was airlifted to the hospital after the accident that on August 11th.
William Huisinga was knee-boarding with his family on the lake’s south shore when he was struck by a pontoon boat.
According to the Caringbridge website that was set up on his behalf, the boy suffered injuries to his face. The post said that most of his facial bones had been broken and his left eye was severely injured.
It was reported that he was undergoing surgery on Monday and could expect to be in the hospital for a number of weeks.
According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office, the boy was on the knee board and was being pulled out into the lake by a fishing boat that was driven by his father, 33-year-old Nicholas Huisinga.
Marilyn Almen, 75, of Minnetonka was passing by in a pontoon boat from the west when Almen looked up to find the fishing boat directly in front of the pontoon. Almen then veered to miss the fishing boat and struck William.
The sheriff’s office said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
If your child is hit and injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another individual, there may be sufficient grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.. To find out if you have a case, contact TSR Injury Law today at (612) TSR-TIME and speak to a licensed personal injury lawyer in Minneapolis about your claim.
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