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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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East River Ferry accident leaves at least 10 passengers injured

When most people think about traveling between New York City's boroughs, transportation options including motor vehicles or the subway most-readily come to mind. However, to save time and obtain a better view of the city, millions of people also use New York City's extensive ferry system to navigate between boroughs.

Statistics from 2011 indicate that, annually, an estimated 1.2 million passengers travel aboard the city's East River Ferry which operates year-round and stops in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Recently several of the passengers who were aboard the ferry when it docked at Manhattan's Pier 11 were injured when the ferry failed to slow down and hit the dock at a high rate of speed.

The accident occurred around 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday evening and resulted in the injuries of at least 10 passengers. While no passengers were reported to be seriously injured, several were thrown violently off their feet as they were crowded near the front of the boat in preparation for departure.

While neither the ferry service nor police investigators were able to confirm the circumstances that lead to the accident, one passenger who was interviewed for a New York Daily News story on the ferry crash reported that the ferry's captain appeared unable to reverse the vessel and "it seems like one of the engines broke."

Even seemingly minor injuries can often end up being much more serious and painful than initially believed. It's important, therefore that passengers who are injured while aboard a sea vessel seek medical attention and a keep detailed records of any injuries and resulting expenses. It's also advisable to discuss one's case with an attorney who handles maritime injury cases.

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