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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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How common are work injuries/illnesses among water transportation workers?

There are a wide range of different water transportation occupations. Examples of water transportation workers include: captains, motorboat operators, pilots, ship engineers, deckhands, deck officers and marine oilers.

Workers in the water transportation industry can be exposed to safety risks during the course of their work. Some such workers end up suffering injuries or illnesses in connection to their job. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of employer-reported nonfatal workplace injuries/illnesses among private sector workers in the water transportation industry in 2013 was 2.5 injuries/illnesses for every 100 full-time workers.

The statistics indicate that well over half of the employer-reported workplace injuries/illnesses in the water transportation industry in 2013 were of a serious enough nature that they caused a worker to have to have a job transfer, have work restrictions or miss days at work. The 2013 rate of injuries/illnesses that had such effects in this industry was 1.6 per 100 full-time workers. Thus, it is not uncommon for water transportation workers to experience employment-related effects in connection to occupational injuries or illnesses.

A water transportation worker may be very concerned when they suffer an injury that has employment-related effects (such as one that causes missed work days or a job transfer). They may be particularly worried about what financial implications the employment-related effects could have. An important thing to note is that avenues for monetary relief may be available for water transportation workers who were hurt while working. Skilled maritime law attorneys can help hurt water transportation workers get a full picture of what legal options they have.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "EMPLOYER-REPORTED WORKPLACE INJURIES AND ILLNESSES – 2013," December 4, 2014

Bureau of Labor Statistics, "What Water Transportation Occupations Do," Accessed Sept. 11, 2015

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