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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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The many dangers cruise ship passengers and crew members face

Annually, an estimated 22 million people set sail on cruise ship vacations. Lured by promises of exotic adventures, excitement and fun; passengers are often unaware of the many dangers and hazards to which they may be exposed while aboard a cruise ship. From cases of serious illnesses to reports of passengers or crew members who are lost-at-sea, concerns about cruise ship safety are often well-warranted.

Today's cruise vessels look much more like massive floating cities than ships and are able to carry thousands of passengers and crew members. Despite the ships’ many amenities and luxuries, close and often crowded quarters provide the perfect breeding ground for the spread of illnesses and disease. In fact, during 2014 alone, more than 1,700 passengers reported suffering gastrointestinal illnesses while aboard ships.

Many of today's luxury liners are equipped with swimming pools which again pose dangers to passengers. From injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident on a wet and slippery pool deck to the drowning death of an unattended child, ship passengers who suffer pool-related injuries may choose to discuss their legal options with an attorney.

Both passengers and crew members alike may suffer fall-related injuries due to slippery ship decks and steep and narrow stairwells. Slips and trips are especially common in areas where there is a change in floor surface or elevation. Broken bones, sprains and injuries to the head, neck and spine are commonly suffered in fall accidents.

Crew members who work aboard cruise ships are prone to suffer the same illnesses and injuries as paying passengers. In some cases, crew members may be even more susceptible to suffering injuries as many work long hours with limited breaks or time for rest.

Source: Pro Publica, "Cruise Control: Your one-stop shop for health and safety data on cruise ships," Lena Groeger, May 2015 

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