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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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Repetitive stress injuries are a risk on boats and ships

It is believed by many that deckhands on ships in New York and all over the world tend to have the most dangerous job because they are constantly at risk of suffering an injury while on the job. From slips and falls on deck to drowning due to a rogue wave, it's these instantaneous injuries we think of when we consider the danger longshore and fishing jobs present.

But did you know that just like workers on land, deckhands may also suffer from repetitive stress injuries? And just like their counterparts on land, deckhands have the right to compensation for their work-related injuries. Let's take a look.

How repetitive stress injuries occur

Repetitive stress injuries, or RSIs, are caused by the repetitive overuse of muscles, tendons and nerves to do a job. Examples of repetitive use include repeatedly pulling up lobster pots, daily lifting of heavy equipment and supplies, and cutting and cleaning fish over and over again. RSIs oftentimes take time to develop and can get worse over time, eventually even forcing a deckhand out of work if the injury is not addressed quickly and appropriately.

Seeking compensation for injuries

Just as is the case with instantaneous injuries, longshore and boat workers may receive compensation for injuries that take time to develop, such as with RSIs. To make a claim for compensation, an injured deckhand should report the injury as soon as it becomes apparent. The deckhand then has one year in which to file a claim, per the rules of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. In some cases, it may be necessary to seek help from a lawyer well-versed in maritime and admiralty law, particularly if there is a dispute about how an injury occurred or if the injured deckhand is receiving pushback from their employer.

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