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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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Identifying the signs of lead poisoning

Working around a ship can expose people to a number of toxins and one of these is lead. In a previous post, it was discussed how New Yorkers working in a shipyard could be inhaling lead particles while performing routine maintenance. Therefore, it is important for workers around ships to learn how to identify the signs that they may be suffering from lead poisoning.

Healthline states that the symptoms someone exhibits vary, depending on the amount of exposure to lead. If people are suffering from a high dose, they may actually go into a coma or show signs of encephalopathy, which includes symptoms such as seizures, confusion or a coma. Other signs that people have a high dose of lead in their system include struggling with weakness in their muscles, experiencing seizures or feeling intense cramps and pain in their abdominal area. A dose that produces these kinds of symptoms needs emergency care as quickly as possible.

In most cases, though, people will experience less severe signs. According to the New York State Department of Health, these include the following:

  •          Nausea
  •          Loss of hearing
  •          Anemia
  •          Myalgia
  •          Irritability or fatigue
  •          Dropping of the foot or wrist

It is also possible for lead exposure to affect people’s reproduction systems. Men may find that their sperm count is lower or that there is an abnormality present in their sperm. Women may suffer a stillbirth or miscarriage. The NYSDH points out that all functions in the body, and organs, can be affected by prolonged exposure to lead. These include the digestive and neurological systems. 

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