Michigan Court excludes the misleading testimony of Mechanical Engineering Expert in Maritime Personal Injury Action

In a maritime personal injury action, Plaintiff Hussein Al Qari alleged serious injuries from a fall aboard the M/V H. Lee White. Expert testimony from mechanical engineer Dr. John Samuel Morse was introduced, claiming the ship’s ladder’s design was unsafe according to OSHA regulations. However, the Court deemed these OSHA regulations irrelevant to U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessels like M/V H. Lee White. The Court ruled to exclude Morse’s testimony due to its lack of relevancy, highlighting the importance of expert opinions being closely aligned with the case’s legal context and standards.

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