Millions Recovered

  • $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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We can help you file an unseaworthiness claim

Ship owners have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to the safety of their vessel. Owners are required to make sure their vessel is fit and safe. This includes not just their vessel but the equipment and supplies on board as well. 

When equipment or supplies lead to an injury, injured seamen need to recognize that they have rights under maritime law. Injured seamen may be able to file an unseaworthiness claim to help pay for medical costs, pain and suffering and lost income due to their injuries.

Owners can be held liable for injuries on their vessels, including injuries caused by equipment or supplies that are not safe or faulty. Unseaworthiness claims are quite complex. Proving liability can be difficult but not impossible so it is important to understand your rights and to speak to an attorney right away if you have been injured. 

These claims can stem from equipment or supplies on board being faulty, not having enough equipment or supplies or when someone is injured due to other types of negligence on the ship. 

Unseaworthiness claims follow strict maritime laws. Many ships are owned by corporations and have complex ownership structures. This is why it is important to make sure the claim is filed against the actual owner of the vessel.

It is also important to make sure any negligence by the owner is documented to prove that the owner failed in its duties, which led to the injury. Another vital part of these claims includes carefully calculating the value of your losses caused by the injury to make sure to help during settlement negotiations or at trial.

All of these factors play a significant role in your case. Our law firm understands complex maritime legal matters and is dedicated to helping victims of maritime accidents. To learn more about unseaworthiness claims, visit our maritime accidents page. 

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