Clearwater man’s hoverboard injury brings $110,000 in medical bills

Scott Read was injured by a hoverboard.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — It doesn’t take long to find “Hoverboard Fail” videos on the internet.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is seen in one video taking a hard fall indoors. U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo posted an online photo of himself in an arm sling after falling off a hoverboard.

Some of the videos are amusing, but for Scott Read, of Clearwater, a hoverboard injury is no joke.

“No, it’s not. It’s been a long road to recovery and been out of work for over two months now, so that’s even harder to swallow,” said Read.

He fell off a hoverboard during his first ride.

“When the board decided to go left and I went backwards, it snapped my knee pretty bad,” said Read.

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Doctors had to perform surgery on his leg, inserting a plate and 14 screws to put him back together.

Read says his medical bills totaled over $110,000.

“I think there should be a little more of a warning on them people treat them like toys and they can really cause serious injury,” said Read.

Scott Read was injured by a hoverboard.
Scott Read was injured by a hoverboard.

 

Scott Read was injured by a hoverboard.
Scott Read was injured by a hoverboard.

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