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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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Commercial fishing: How can I protect myself if the vessel sinks?

Commercial fishing is a large industry and presents a number of opportunities for people in New York. However, you should be aware of the risks associated with this type of occupation and one of the risks is that the vessel will sink. If it does, are there ways that you can protect yourself from drowning?

One of the best ways, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is to acquire equipment and skills through a safety training class. Your ship’s owner or captain should set this up for you and the other crew members. Through the class, you will learn the right things to do if there is a disaster at sea and how to keep yourself and others safe from harm.

Equipment is always the most effective way to survive if your ship sinks. The first equipment is the life raft. The CDC points out that those who did not use a life raft were 15 times more likely to perish than those who did. A life raft can provide you shelter and keep you out of the water, which could lead to hypothermia in a matter of minutes depending on its temperature. A life raft can also keep you away from marine predators such as sharks.

An immersion suit is another must-have piece of equipment. Similar statistics showed that those who wore an immersion suit had a survival rate of seven times greater than that of someone without one. This suit will protect you from the cold water if there is not a raft available and you find yourself overboard. There are many different kinds to choose from with features such as a lifting harness, adjustable spray shield, whistle, removable gloves that are tethered to the suit and some may even be made of fire resistant material. They are also usually a bright color such as red or orange, to make it easier for rescuers to find you.

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