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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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Do you need to worry about a terrorist attack at sea?

The recent string of terrorist attacks are not just concerning to people here in the United States, they're alarming to the rest of the world as well. Knowing that an attack can happen anywhere and at anytime is very disconcerting, especially because they oftentimes end in injury or even death.

But while commercial travel hotspots like airports and train stations the world over tighten security procedures to ensure traveler safety, there is one mode of transportation some feel is being overlooked: cruise ships. As a recent Yahoo Travel article points out, some cruise ships can hold up to 6,000 people, including passengers and crew. The question becomes: how likely are they to become injured or killed in a terrorist attack?

Though an attack at sea would take considerably more planning and organization than land attacks, explains the article's author, the threat is still there. There is also the fact that many cruise ships offer passengers the chance to leave the ship during ports of call. When this happens, passengers and crew are most at risk of a terrorist attack.

It's important to point out, however, that the risk of a terrorist attack also increases depending on where the boat is in the world. Current tensions in the Middle East and Mediterranean could leave tourists vulnerable, though this statement is only speculation.

Thankfully, those injured or killed while in the care of a cruise line may seek compensation under the Jones Act. It's important for our New York readers to remember though that seeking compensation for injuries or wrongful death is a difficult and lengthy process. Filing a claim without the help of a qualified maritime lawyer is a risky call that could end up costing you in the end.

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