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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.
  • $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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When insurers try to minimize maintenance and cure

Those who work aboard ships play a very important role in our economy. Many industries rely deeply on the hard work of maritime workers. Unfortunately, such workers sometimes get exposed to dangers on the ship where they work. Thus, the sad reality is that maritime workers sometimes end up suffering injuries on the job.

Such injuries can have some very significant and long-lasting negative impacts on a worker. Thankfully, there are some significant forms of help injured maritime workers may be eligible to receive. For example, injured workers who fall under the coverage of the Jones Act may be eligible for two key forms of relief in relation to their injury, maintenance and cure. Cure involves the coverage of medical expenses for the injury while maintenance involves a daily stipend.

Medical expense coverage and a stipend can both be of great assistance to an injured maritime worker when it comes to dealing with the effects and aftermath of their injury. Unfortunately, getting the amount of maintenance and cure they deserve sometimes can prove very challenging for a maritime worker. This is because insurance companies are sometimes very aggressive in their efforts to limit maintenance and cure amounts they pay out.

Thus, it can be necessary for maritime workers to fight vigorously for their rights when pursuing maintenance and cure benefits in relation to an injury. Maintenance and cure can each raise their own particular issues when it comes to fighting for such rights.

Our firm is deeply knowledgeable in the law of both maintenance and cure. We can help maritime workers with understanding what the law entitles them to when it comes to maintenance and cure and with opposing efforts by insurance companies to unfairly minimize these benefits.

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