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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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When a service worker is hurt on a vessel

Vessels can have far more workers aboard them than just those involved with its navigation and engines. For example, there can be various general service-providing workers on maritime ships. Some examples of such workers are listed on this page of our website. Service-providing workers can be particularly common on passenger vessels, such as cruise ships.

Just as is the case with other vessel workers, general service-providing workers can sometimes be exposed to safety hazards aboard a vessel that could lead to workplaces injuries.

One of the laws some maritime workers can pursue compensation for injuries suffered on a vessel under is the Jones Act. One misconception general service-providing workers on vessels may have is that only workers directly involved in vessel functions like navigation or propulsion have access to remedies under this law. In reality, the Jones Act applies to “seaman,” with who is considered a “seaman” going beyond just vessel workers involved in functions like navigation and engine operation. So, a service-providing worker on a vessel could potentially fall under the definition of “seaman,” and thus have options and rights under the Jones Act if they are hurt aboard the ship where they work.

Misconceptions about what rights and options they have can potentially cause some significant problems for hurt vessel workers. For example, such misconceptions could cause a worker to not become aware of a certain type of claim they could make until after the deadline for making such a claim has passed.

So, when a service-providing worker is hurt aboard a vessel, whatever specific they job they have aboard the vessel, they should consider promptly seeking clarification and guidance on their rights and options from an attorney skilled in maritime injury compensation matters.

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