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  • $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.
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  • $2,000,000.00 was awarded to a barge deckhand – wrongful death.
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  • $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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Pool accident leaves child on cruise ship in serious condition

Taking a cruise is viewed by many New Yorkers as the ideal way to escape their everyday stresses and the industry is booming. As cruise ships grow in size with more cabins, waterslides, rock walls, dance clubs, restaurants and other features, the risk of passenger injuries also seems to increase. Statistic Brain states that since 1979, 172 passengers have died on these floating hotels and 55 ships have sunk. Additionally, thousands of people have suffered some type of injury while on board.

The condition of an 8-year-old boy is uncertain after he was flown to a hospital in Staten Island. The boy was on a cruise ship that had just left port in New Jersey when he was injured in a pool. There was no information on how the accident happened, so it is unknown whether the boy slipped and fell into the water, or if he hit his head.

Medical professionals on the ship cared for the boy after he was found – it was not stated whether the boy was conscious or not. The cruise line, Royal Caribbean, stated that it is providing support to the boy’s family. The ship was setting out to the Caribbean and Bermuda for nine days when the accident occurred.

When passengers are injured on a cruise ship, they may be left with unexpected hospital costs. They might also lose income, creating financial hardship. However, the law gives passengers the right to seek financial compensation. They, therefore, may find it worthwhile to meet with an attorney experienced in handling such cases.

Source: ABC News, “Boy, 8, Medevaced From Royal Caribbean Ship After Pool Accident,” Tom Liddy and David Caplan, July 1, 2016

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