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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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The Maritime Labour Convention: Ensuring medical care at sea

As our more frequent readers are well aware, not all seafaring vessels have the ability to stop at a port or request medical assistance from a doctor on land at the drop of a hat. Many vessels are out at sea for days, weeks or even months at a time. But as you know, medical emergencies can happen at anytime, meaning ship operators need to be prepared for these worst case scenarios.

Thanks to the Maritime Labour Convention, this is possible. For those of our readers who do not know, the MLC established an important international agreement that "establishes comprehensive minimum requirements for working conditions of seafarers." From working conditions to recreational facilities, the MLC also addresses safety on seafaring vessels, including medical care standards.

Under MLC Regulation 4.1, vessel owners must provide an adequate level of health protection and medical care to workers on board their ships, including dental care. It's worth noting however, that this standard varies depending on the size of the vessel's crew and its time at sea. Depending on these factors, a ship owner may be required to establish a hospital or medical care facility onboard that is equipped with certain pieces of medical equipment.

Regardless of whether a ship has the required medical facility, though, vessel owners are "responsible for sick and injured seafarers in accordance with the general maritime law remedy of Maintenance and

Cure," meaning a ship owner is responsible for providing medical care at no cost to the injured seaman.

Whether a ship operates domestically or internationally, vessel workers can rest assured that they will have access to comparable medical care on board their vessel to what they would receive on land. If the ship owner violates this law, legal action may be necessary.

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