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  • $5,400,000.00 settlement involving a seaman who fell from a stairway during fire and boat drill aboard a container ship sustaining quadriplegic injuries. Partners Mellusi and Shisha personally inspected the vessel taking hundreds of measurements and still and videos of every stairway in the ship’s main deck house. The data was compared with the vessel’s design plans in our library which demonstrated the vessel had been negligently constructed in that it failed to follow the naval architect’s original design specifications.
  • $4,400,000.00 jury award to a former shipmate who sustained a shoulder injury while at sea. The third mate had to undergo multiple surgeries and will not be able to become a captain because of the injury.
  • $2,400,000 jury award to a licensed marine engineer who sustained permanent knee injuries while attempting to remove a 200 lb. valve from an overhead piping system. Partner Mellusi personally inspected the ship’s engine room taking detailed photos and measurements. A duplicate valve was obtained from a maritime junkyard and was brought into court along with an auto-shop mechanical hoist capable of lifting it 12 feet to demonstrate the vessel lacked suitable means to perform this work safely. The jury award was in top ten verdicts in the United States for a comparable knee injury. The case was tried to verdict in a New York Federal Court.
  • $2,980,000.00 jury award to a ship’s cook for back injury resulting from insufficient procedures for moving ship stores. Case tried in New York federal court.
  • $2,700,000.00 settlement to a mate on a Tanker vessel who sustained multiple fractures.
  • $2,000,000.00 was awarded to a barge deckhand – wrongful death.
  • $1,827,000 awarded to a marine engineer working on a US Government supply vessel who fell into an unguarded ventilation fan causing neck, shoulder and hand injuries. The case was tried non-jury before a federal judge in Baltimore Federal Court. The court award was subsequently determined to be within the highest ten verdicts for the State of Maryland in 2009.
  • $1,200,000.00 jury award to a ship’s Bosun who sustained shoulder and neck injuries while attempting to move plywood sheets on main deck of vessel during 40 knot winds. Case tried in New York Federal Court.
  • $950,000 awarded to passenger killed when his recreational boat came into collision with tow wire of tug and barge
  • $850,000 settlement, Federal Court Allentown PA., to seaman sustained herniated disk while lifting a 110 lbs crane hooks.
  • $840,000 jury award to a seaman who fell from ladder while painting sustaining fractured wrist.
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Were you injured while aboard a cruise ship?

Cruises provide passengers with the opportunity to enjoy luxurious surroundings while traveling to famous ports and destinations around the world. Today, more people than ever are taking cruises with the Cruise Lines International Association estimating that more than 27 million people embarked on cruises during 2014.

The massive size and city-like infrastructure of modern cruise ships provide comfort to passengers who are likely to forget they're even on a boat. Being aboard any type of sea vessel, however, comes with certain inherent dangers and cruise ships are no different. In addition to the possibility of striking an object while at sea and capsizing, there are numerous other types of accidents and injuries that may occur while aboard a cruise ship.

Injuries that result from falls are among some of the most common that a passenger or employee may suffer. An individual may slip and fall on a ship's wet and slippery deck or while walking across the floor at a restaurant. Injuries that result from falls are often painful in nature and an individual may be forced to seek medical care.

Food poisoning and other illnesses are also a major hazard for cruise ship passengers. With thousands of men, women and children literally packed atop one another, these types of close quarters serve as a breeding ground for the spread of viruses which, if contracted, can not only ruin an individual's vacation, but may also result in other serious health complications.

Other dangers that cruise ship passengers and employees face relate to acts of sexual violence. In cases where a cruise ship employee is accused of sexual assaulting another employee or a passenger, a ship's operator may be liable. In cases where an attack or assault is committed by a passenger against another passenger, legal remedies are provided under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.

Cruises are more popular than ever and while cruise lines' marketing materials are full of glossy photographs of people laughing and having fun, there are many hazards to which passengers and employees are readily exposed. Individuals who have been injured while aboard a cruise ship would be wise to consult with an attorney who handles maritime personal injury matters.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Cruise Ship Injury Claims," March 25, 2015

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