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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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Injured on a ferry boat? You may be owed compensation

Because of how common they are, most people know how to handle an injury-causing accident on land. They typically know who should be held liable and what laws afford them compensation for the damages they have suffered. Unfortunately, the same isn't always true with accidents that happen on the water.

Take for example an accident involving a ferry boat. If you were a passenger who suffered injuries, who would you hold liable? Would you try to seek compensation from the boat driver who may have been responsible for causing the accident or would you name the company operating the boat in a personal injury lawsuit? Now let's say you were a worker on the boat who suffered an injury. Would you know what laws afford you protections and grant you access to compensation?

Because of the complexity of maritime and admiralty law, most people are left with the questions above but no clear answers. This can be frustrating to say the least because a person injured by someone else's negligence deserves compensation. That's why we'd like to take time today to remind our readers about the benefits of talking to a practiced maritime lawyer after an accident.

Attorneys who specialize in maritime law are the best people to talk to after a ferry boat or other water vehicle accident. If they're anything like the attorneys here at Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP, your maritime attorney will have focused experience on handling boat accident cases. They will have a complete understanding of the law and how it applies to you. On top of that, they will know the best way to get you fair compensation for your injuries – whether you're a passenger or a deckhand worker.

Though an attorney can be an added expense, most people are glad they hired one, mostly because they quickly realize, after taking their first steps into the legal process, that they would not have been able to file a successful claim on their own.

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