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Duck Boat Captain Gary Fox Files Injury Lawsuit

As we have mentioned before, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by two Hungarian families from an accident where an immense barge pulled by a tugboat collided into an idle duck boat. Two Hungarian students died in the crash. Another lawsuit involving the July crash has surfaced involving Gary Fox, the captain of the duck boat.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Gary Fox filed a suit in Common Pleas Court and claimed he still suffers from serious emotional and physical injuries after the near death experience from the boat accident. The lawsuit was filed against the City of Philadelphia, which owned the barge, tugboat owner K-Sea Transportation.

After the barge ran over the duck boat, Fox suffered potentially permanent physical injuries to his head, neck, back, arms, and legs. Fox claimed the city should have known the waterway was dangerous since they controlled it. He also accused K-Sea for failing to maintain a proper lookout, failing to listen for radio warnings, and violating other fundamental safety precautions. A Philadelphia personal injury lawyer could explain more about the theories used in this case.

The former duck boat captain has not worked since the accident and "can still see the faces of the victims and hear their screams," according to one of Fox's lawyers, John McAuliffe. McAuliffe said the crash was also emotionally difficult for his client because he had a reputation for being incredibly careful about safety.

A case like Gary Fox requires the expertise and counsel of a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer to determine what legal theories apply and if damages can be recovered. To learn more about the basic theory of negligence and who's at fault for an accident, refer to the Related Resources links.

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