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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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Ship injury: What can I do to protect myself?

Working on a ship can be exciting and provide you with a good living to support your family in New York, but these vessels can also present several injury risks. The good news is that you can take steps to protect yourself.

According to the Professional Mariner, one of the things you can do is check your documentation relating to the task and safety instructions. This documentation, often called the job safety analysis, should be specific in spelling out what it is you are supposed to do. If your job is to inspect a certain area of the ship, the JSA should tell you what to look out for, such as cracks, leaks or exposed wiring, and identify the part or area by its proper name. The JSA should also be updated to reflect any changes made since the last version, as well as the most efficient and correct procedure to follow.

A properly filled out work permit can also mitigate your risk of getting hurt on board. Whether your supervisor is putting this together or you are the one drafting it, you need to make sure that all of the following considerations have been evaluated:

  •          Forecasted and current weather conditions
  •          Pre-job planning level
  •          Other planned jobs that would be influenced by or affect the job
  •          Potential energy source isolations
  •          Environmental factors such as extreme heat in the work site or a small space in which to work
  •          Critical systems that could be affected by the work

Additionally, it is important that your supervisor look at your experience and skills to ensure that you have the know-how to perform the job task correctly. If there is someone more qualified, it may be better for that person to be assigned the job or for you to receive additional training. 

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