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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.
  • $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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If I contract norovirus on a cruise ship, am I owed compensation?

Cruise ships have long been a popular vacation option for families looking to relax and unwind without having to worry about travel, eating or sleeping arrangements. On a cruise ship, a lot of that is taken care of for you. You're well taken care of on a cruise ship, or at least that's what most cruise lines will boast.

So what happens when you contract an illness while aboard the ship? What if you're not the only one? Could you claim that the cruise line did not take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of its passengers? If so, could you and your fellow passengers be owed compensation?

This line of questioning often arises after hearing stories about passengers getting sick on a cruise line, such as the 2014 Royal Caribbean case in which 300 passengers and crew fell ill with a gastrointestinal illness. Cases like this and others definitely make us question liability, but do you have a right to compensation?

The answer to this question depends heavily on the circumstances surrounding the illness. Was it brought aboard by a crew member or a passenger? Did someone on the cruise line know about the illness but fail to take appropriate action to reduce the risk of infecting other passengers? Was the illness spread because of the negligence of a crew member on the cruise line? Knowing the answers to these questions will determine whether or not you have a claim for compensation and can file one with the help of a skilled maritime attorney.

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