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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.
  • $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 will Congress' crude oil decision affect ship workers?

Even if you don't follow the markets, you've probably guessed that crude oil prices are still dropping as has been evident by looking at the price per gallon of gas at gas stations all over New York. But even bigger news still is the fact that Congress may soon end a "40-year-old ban on crude oil exports," explains CNBC.

At present time, the United States generates approximately 9.2 million barrels of crude oil each day. Taking it to market would be a major boost to the U.S. economy as well as ensure our place as a competitor in the global energy market.

Though lifting the ban would allow the export of oil out of U.S. ports, herein lies the problem.

As CNBC explains, the export of crude oil would likely occur out of ports in Texas aboard foreign-flag vessels rather than those operating under the Jones Act. As our more frequent readers know, the Jones Act provides protections to boat workers, even affording them maintenance and cure in the even they are injured or killed during the course of work. These same protections might not be afforded to a worker aboard a non-Jones Act tanker.

As you may or may not know, our New York ports are responsible for moving a large quantity of oil and petroleum products into the U.S. Many workers aboard these vessels are protected by the Jones Act and are likely grateful of this fact. But if Congress lifts the ban, it's unclear is the influx of tankers or its workers will enjoy the same protection of the law. Only time will tell now.

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